Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Apple Stops Sales of iPhone and iOS Products in Part of Ukraine

Apple sales in 2015 will continue without a part of Ukraine as the company announced that it stops selling iPhone, iPad and other gadgets, iOS apps, games and anything else on iTunes and the App Store in Crimea. Such Apple news follows the report about the price increase on iOS applications in Europe and Russia and termination of the RAD agreements with devs from Crimea.

Starting on February 1, 2015, Apple stops sales in Crimea. Physical retailers there already get emails from the company that they must stop sales of the company’s goods and no longer ship anything related to iPhones and other ‘fruit’ products and services. Everything has to be finalized by the end of January.

The sanctions announced by the U.S. Government on the Crimea Region affected local Apple sales, services and even iOS developers.

The major sanctions against the part of Ukraine [Crimea used to be a part of the country until 2014 when it became a part of Russia] were also supported by the European Commission.

Different companies stop doing business in this area, and this doesn’t only include Apple. What do you think about the changes? Of course, the sales in Crimea never brought huge revenue and Apple is currently basing its strategy around Asian regions, including China, South Korea and Japan. This is where the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus became extremely popular in the end of 2014 and continue to be a highly demanded smartphone in 2015.


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