Just how popular are iPhones and iPads? They're even big sellers in places where they aren't legally sold.
According to a new report published Friday, more than one hundred retail outlets in the nation of Iran - where strict U.S. sanctions prohibit U.S. computer products from entering the country - now sell iPhones, iPads, iPods, and even Apple computers out in the open.
In fact, many of these stores blatantly and gratuitously advertise the availability of these devices, which often sell at prices higher than those found in the U.S. for the same Apple products. So while these gadgets are expressly banned, "enterprising Iranian merchants continue to source them through underground trade routes in the Middle East and beyond," Reuters reports.
Iran's booming Apple business underscores the limitations of economic sanctions by the United States and other countries. Washington and its allies have imposed sanctions in an attempt to curb Iran's nuclear program, which Tehran maintains is peaceful. U.S. companies are barred from selling any goods or services to Iran unless they obtain special authorization.