Customers in Russia may no longer purchase Apple items such as smartphones and tablet computers. Russia’s current action is a response to the country’s recent invasion of Ukraine. A few months ago, Apple removed live traffic in Ukraine from its Maps app to express its support for the Ukrainian people, as well as blocked access to Apple Pay in Russia. Soon, Apple will ban the sale of the iPhone in Russia.
All product sales in Russia have been halted by Apple, according to the company. Although we were able to access Apple’s Russian website, the online shop states that it is inaccessible to customers in the area.
Some software limitations were among the few actions taken by Apple in order to support Ukraine and “stand with all of the people who are suffering because of the violence,” according to the company. Google, Meta (previously Facebook), and Netflix are just a few of the digital corporations that have implemented different limits on their products in Russia.
What did Apple say?
“We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all of the people who are suffering as a result of the violence. We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid for the unfolding refugee crisis, and doing all we can to support our teams in the region.”
“We have taken a number of actions in response to the invasion. We have paused all product sales in Russia. Last week, we stopped all exports into our sales channel in the country. Apple Pay and other services have been limited. RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia. And we have disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens.”
“We will continue to evaluate the situation and are in communication with relevant governments on the actions we are taking. We join all those around the world who are calling for peace.”
In an open letter to Apple last week, Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov urged the company to shut Russia off from its worldwide operations, but Apple has not acknowledged if it was a strategic choice to ban sales of iPhones and other physical items in Russia. He ordered Apple to “stop selling Apple services and goods to the Russian Federation” and requested that the App Store be blocked for Russia. If Russia’s youth and active populace sees this, they are likely to take action to stop the military attack on Ukraine, says Fedorov.
Also, aircraft and shipment delays might be to blame for Apple’s lack of sales in Russia. Several countries have imposed bans on Russian aircraft and cargo deliveries. The iPhone and other Apple devices must be imported from other countries because Apple does not produce or assemble them in Russia. Currently, Apple is unable to introduce its products into Russia because of a restriction.
We are in discussion with appropriate governments about our efforts, and we will continue to do so,” the company stated in a statement. Although the announcement did not identify the countries, this newest measure by Apple would prevent Russian customers from purchasing new iPhones from Apple outlets in their own country.