In a move aimed at preventing Syrian protesters from capturing photos and videos of the violence in the country to in turn share with the rest of the world, Syria has officially banned the iPhone, as reported by The Next Web:

Syrian authorities have banned the use of iPhones in the country, restricting the use of the device by activists to document government violence, Lebanese website Al Nashara reports.

Activists within the country are now being served with notices from the Customs Department of the Syrian Finance Ministry, stating that iPhones are now banned. The notice reads: “The authorities warn anyone against using the iphone in Syria.”

Over 4,000 civilians have died since the beginning of 2011 in Syria, all of them killed by their own government.

  • Anonymous

    They’re trying to hide something the world already knows

  • Anonymous

    You know, this isn’t really that big of a deal in the Middle East (banning iPhones, not the Syrian issue). People treat the iPhone as just another phone; they don’t elevate the iPhone over other phones, not to mention iPhones are overpriced here (around $900 unlocked, versus $650 in the US, for 16GB 4S). There would be a massive issue if they banned Nokia phones however; Nokia’s cameras are of the highest quality, they’re incredibly popular, and the protests throughout the Middle East have been filmed overwhelmingly by Nokia phones.

    • “Nokia’s cameras are of the highest quality” – Oh how I laughed! Thank you for this evening’s entertainment…

      • Anonymous

        You laughed at that? Well, you must really take pride in Nokia’s products; I would too, if I owned an N8… you obviously do, seeing how much joy that comment brought you.

        And if that really was some really deep irony, then you sir need to look past my comment and laugh for real. You obviously need it, seeing how basic concepts such as logic and common sense elude you. Some laughter might make up for that sad existence you live through.

      • I thought it was obvious. He laughed at that because Nokia’s camera’s aren’t that good, so yes, it is irony. Ironic that you’d say Nokia’s cameras are “of the highest quality” on a site like iDB, which writes articles about iOS and iDevices, when the iPhone 4S currently has (arguably) the best camera on any phone right now. Not to say Nokia’s cameras aren’t good or that they aren’t popular around the world, because they are. Just not good enough to compete with the iPhone 4S.

        By the way, what exactly led you to believe @Matthew Scott lacks common sense or logic? You can’t really tell me that his two sentences could lead you to that assumption, but if you think it can, then you are the one lacking logical assessment skills my friend.

      • Anonymous

        @Justin Michael Edens Nokia’s phones are the highest quality for their price; a high-end Nokia phone such as the N8 has a better quality camera than any phone out there, and it sells for around half the price of a 4S. An N9 has the same video quality as the 4S, although it’s not nearly as good as an N8; however, it’s still a cool $100 cheaper than the 4S.

        “Nokia’s cameras aren’t that good.” With that sort of fact-supported logic, I really have no comeback. I mean, what can I do in the face of such wisdom, of such incredible rhetoric, of such deep and well-thought out arguments? Nothing I say, for mere facts can hold no candle against such indisputable points as these.

        In addition, writing a comment on iDB makes it no less correct than, say, AndroidCentral. The site shouldn’t mean anything, unless you mean how logically people will view your comment; in that case, it’s perspective that changed, not the facts.

        And finally, it’s incredibly easy to discern whether a writer lacks common sense; his comments give off this absence of logic, and Matthew Scott’s comment clearly exhibits such characteristics. It’s quite similar to how your last two sentences exhibit higher caliber writing than, say, @Apoteka’s comment. However, Apoteka’s comment consists of logical points, which puts his comment in higher status than yours.

      • Anonymous

        in their price range, they are
        of course you cannot compare the cheapest nokia with an overpriced iphone

        also, 4s is new, so the ban will affect iphone4 and older a lot more
        they have rubish cameras, however

        still, why did they ban only iphone, i cant understand either

      • Anonymous

        Assad just hates Apple.

        But in all likelihood, they’re starting off with something that has worldwide appeal that doesn’t actually hurt that many people; it gives off a strong message around the world, without actually affecting that many people. And remember, they don’t WANT to hurt that many people; while Syria is attacking the rebels/freedom force, it doesn’t want to kill too many people, or they’ll risk having EVERYONE against them.

      • Anonymous

        in their price range, they are
        of course you cannot compare the cheapest nokia with an overpriced iphone

        also, 4s is new, so the ban will affect iphone4 and older a lot more
        they have rubish cameras, however

        still, why did they ban only iphone, i cant understand either

  • Not entirely true. iPhone 4S’ camera is equal to, or greater than, the camera used in the Nokia N8, which prior to the release of 4S, was the best.

    • Anonymous

      Equal to or greater? Damn what planet do you come from? The N8 is still the king of phone cameras at the moment with its 12MP camera. Granted the 4S camera is superb, it still has some road to go to be equal to the N8’s

      • Twelve megapixels? Please, my good sir, the megapixel amount doesn’t count for squat. A collegue of mine has the N8, and I have the 4S. There is no difference to be seen. The sensor, and light let into it, is just as important. Try to take a picture in the dark, with or without the flash, and you will see what I mean.

      • Anonymous

        More megapixels doesn’t always mean better pictures I know that. But to say it doesn’t count for squat doesn’t give you much credibility my good man. I happen to have access to both phones and have already made some comparisons between those two: while the N8 doesn’t bring a world of a difference, it’s still better than the 4S’ camera. so those 4 extra mega pixels do have some weight. Carl Zeiss makes good lenses 😛

  • Siv

    Want to know the irony? The man who created the iPhone was Syrian by blood.

  • The syrian government is the badest government in the world
    I’m syrian and I’m proud

  • Everything is banned in syria becouse they try to hide there lies
    But we will stay fight for our freedom