The Appstore is no longer available to use in Iran. The ban took place around 8AM EST today.

A report by the Bleeping Computer states that the ban seems to be IP-based and can easily be accessed by using a VPN. Apple does no business in the country with no official actual Iran Appstore. Though, millions of iPhones are smuggled into the country  and Iranian developers use Appstore countries to distribute apps to users.

This ban appears to be IP-based. Meysam Firouzi —an Iranian security researcher— told Bleeping Computer that he successfully connected to the App Store while using a VPN, despite having Iran-related details set on his account.

Apple has previously banned applications created by Iranian developers from the Appstore in the country due to U.S. Law. When this took pace, Apple stated:

Under the U.S. sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute or do business with apps or developers connected to certain U.S. embargoed countries.

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Courtesy of Bleeping Computer for the Image.