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Maybe you heard the story yesterday about Apple refusing to sell an iPad to a Persian speaker...was Apple right in doing what it did?  Turns out, the answer's pretty damn complicated.
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+Jillian C. York Until the US Government clarifies its rules, the Apple employee, in my opinion, did the right thing. Apple risks a lot of things if they don't follow to the letter the laws of this land.
 
Shouldn't the Iranian people know better than to voluntarily choose more oppression? :)
 
Interesting! Thanks for sharing.
 
And she has every intention to send the iPad, as a gift, to a cousin in Iran. I guess she never heard of that "the exportation, sale or supply from the U.S. to Iran of any Apple goods is strictly prohibited without authorization by the U.S. government."...
 
yeah what happen if they will do the same thing with petrol ? would US send other 500 F50 to deal with ??? 
 
I'm surprised that not a single person has called this for what it is. Grade A douchebaggery.
 
No Apple is doing the right thing and honoring U. S. policy. No reason to say otherwise. 
 
I've been on the other side of this, when my then in-laws attempted to bring a rug into the US from Iran. It was confiscated as an illegal import, and we were told that in order to get it back, we would first have to apply for an import license, at which point of course it would be an illegal import and we wouldn't be allowed to have it. A classic Catch-22. A lot of persistance finally got it through, but when you look at the rules, they are so broad that Customs could easily tell Iranian visitors that they have to enter the country naked and with no luggage. It all depends on how the official feels like enforcing the rules.
 
a pure and simple case of the clerk was a jerk. he was overzealous in understanding the rules. my guess is he will be fired. I live in London and hear Apple store employees speaking Farsi.. so what's the problem here? 
 
+Rowel Lirag Except even the State Department says the employee was wrong...The employee could have at least called a manager over.  It seemed clear from his/her statement that he/she did not understand why the rules were in place or what they meant.
 
+David Terpening Actually, no - US policy quite clearly exempts dual Iranian-US citizens (and even Iranian-born US permanent residents).  The ability to speak Farsi does not automatically make one not a citizen.  The woman in question spoke flawless, native English; she just happened to be on a phone call with her uncle in Farsi.
 
Clearly the answer is that Apple should request proof of circumcision from customers before selling them computers. (Isn't that the current "proof of citizenship" du jour? Or am I behind the times?)
 
And they blame Iran for wanting to become independent. Go ahead Iran, and make your own freaken laptops, and every thing else. 
 
Iran is independent de jure, but with malfuctioning democracy. From my point of view it is a theistic regime with a hint of democracy for political reasons. Still I think my knowledge is quite limited on the matter.
The fascinating part is how the US always manages to find enemies.
 
and why is the US always eager to get an enemy to attack?or is it their pride to render the lives of their neighbors the way they define .issues this sort are quiet complicated.
 
 
Having an external enemy is the easiest and most mindless political organizing principal. For an amusing exercise, make a graph of US "enemies" populations, plotted against time. There's a strong tendency for them to get smaller and smaller over recent decades. Anybody want to defend freedom against Grenada or Nicaragua?
 
am personally not interested into in the US yearning to attack enemies,rather making their enemies surrender after a close relations.an enemy becomes even a best friend when the trick of such fellow are made discovered to them.a surrendered enemy is a tool for overcoming a threat full  one.
 
For years, the United States has not allowed the sale of technology to Iran. This includes things we all take for granted, like computers, smartphones, tablets, and the like. This was done in an effort to reduce the country’s access to cheap and available communication and international commerce – which makes sense, considering their government has had a rather negative relationship with the United States in recent years
The Obama Administration has elected to lift the sanctions on technology trade with Iranian citizens this week. More specifically, this move will allow American citizens (and, by extension, companies) to sell their services, software, and hardware to the Iranians. Interestingly, this allowance does not extend to anyone classified as a “government official,” because apparently Obama hasn’t heard of Craigslist.
 
+Daryl Bracken Given the role such technology has played in opening up communication within Iran, and between Iranians and the outside world, that seems like a worthwhile change to me. 
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