Apple is in preliminary talks to offer its iPhone in Iran, perhaps one day marking the company’s first entry in the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Cupertino-based company is said to be in contact with Iranian distributors in case “Western sanctions ease sufficiently” and it makes sense to enter the country for business. 

It’s pretty obvious why Apple has been timid to enter Iran, given the tensions surrounding Iran’s nuclear program – which has had a massive effect on Western business not being able to enter the country. Apple is being optimistic about the future, hoping to access Iran’s market of 77 million.

The Wall Street Journal says senior Apple executives have held talks with potential Iranian distributors at its regional headquarters in London. Legally, Apple is allowed to export its iPhone to Iran because of a US decision in May to lift sanctions that had barred the sale of consumer communications technologies in Iran. Dell and Boeing have also been mulling entering the Iranian market.

Apple’s entry could still be far off, if it even chooses to bring its products to Iran. Apple would still need to navigate banking restrictions and would need to hash out key contracts with carriers (who have heavy government involvement). Remember how long it took for Apple to come to China Mobile?

Furthermore, the Wall Street Journal says Apple has sat down with the US Treasury’s Office of Frozen Assets Control about business in Iran. Apple has detailed that roughly 60 percent of its business is coming from international sales, so it may make sense to take new frontiers quite seriously.

[Wall Street Journal]

  • Yazdan Khazeni

    I’m waiting for Apple in my country,Iran ❤️❤️

    • Shane

      I don’t think apple will go to iran anytime soon, at the very best, there will be (like many other non-problematic countries) “Apple premium resellers”, selling the iPhone and apple devices for twice the price you would get from Apple directly.

      • Yazdan Khazeni

        I hope that we can buy apple products in right price 🙁

  • Mohamad

    The wish is becoming reality
    I am realey happy to have a apple store in iran and be able to buy apps from apple.
    Im tierd to be a thief and inestaling cracked apps!

  • Amir Hossein

    Great , our waiting for apple !!

  • Mohammad Ashayeri

    My eyes didn’t water!! (Means I don’t think happening) man englisi bill miram 😉

  • Paymon John Vafa

    Now the iPhone smugglers can’t make 1k profit per Iphone out there

    • Mohamad

      You cant bleave that we have the price twice here in early time release!

    • Mark Kramer

      Like most people give a damn about this.

      • Paymon John Vafa

        Lol. oh propaganda. I love thee