APPLE fans in Russia will have a hard time keeping an eye on the company’s latest iPhone launch when it launches later today.
It comes days after Apple announced it would stop selling iPhones and other products in the country in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
The company is expected to unveil new iPhone SE and iPad Air models at its March 8 event, dubbed “Peek Performance”.
As with previous product launches, Apple will live stream the launch to fans around the globe.
Broadcasts were streamed live on the company’s website and YouTube channel, showing a dark screen before things started in earnest at 6pm UK time (1pm EST) .
However, it seems that Russians will not have the option to watch through official means when new gadgets and software are announced.
“Apple is blocking access to #AppleEvent on YouTube in #Russia,” Fathi tweeted Tuesday morning.
“This event is also not displayed on Apple’s Russian website.”
A screen attached to his tweet shows Russian YouTube open in the browser with Apple’s official live stream of the March 8 event open.
The warning message on the video says: “Video not available. Uploader not available in your country”.
Some Russian Apple fans have reported similar problems online, according to screenngrabs published by Arise.
Apple has not released a statement as to why it decided to ban streaming broadcasts from Russia.
The Sun has reached out to the company for comment.
A budget-friendly 5G iPhone and a new iPad are top analysts’ expectations for Apple’s spring product launch event on Tuesday.
With the SE currently priced at $399, a big question is whether Apple will raise the price of the phone, driving higher costs from struggling global supply chains.
According to researcher IDC, the US, Japan and Western Europe are the markets with the highest sales of iPhone SE in recent years.
The iPhone maker is also expected to launch a new version of the high-end iPad Air and Mac Mini, a computer without a screen that is also a budget-friendly way into Apple’s lineup.
Analysts also wondered if CEO Tim Cook would comment on the war in Ukraine.
Apple said on March 1 it was suspending all product sales in Russia in response to the Russian invasion.
Russian state media outlets, RT News and Sputnik News, are no longer available for download from the Apple Store outside of Russia.
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