Just 24 hours ago a Chinese judge ordered Apple. Now the Egyptian government also plays hardball with tech giant, saying that Apple only has two months to end "unfair restrictions" on regional product distributors.
While the 60-day deadline does not include the threat of a permanent sale ban, Egyptian officials are angry with the exceedingly difficult and high income requirements needed to buy an iPhone in the country.
Today's statement comes from Egypt's official journal, which later threatens to take legal action if changes are not made by the end of the two-month deadline.
iPhone prices in Egypt are quite high, where the average model sells about 50% more than the US price. Bloomberg reports that an iPhone XS Max is listed on an amount of almost $ 2000 USD from a standard Egyptian dealer. While you buy your phone in United Arab Emirates, you save $ 700 and reach around $ 1
The Egyptian Competition Authority accused Apple of violating local law only days before the proposal was published and cited the term "intra-brand competition" due to Apple's refusal to sell the supply more regionally.
Finally, today's decree is a formal allegation by Apple that violates competition law. True that the company prevents regional distributors from selling directly to official Egyptian dealers, is the primary spark. However, Apple's parallel import ban does not help the case either. If you are a little blurred on financial terms, parallel imports are non-counterfeit product imports without permission from the IP owner (read: Apple).
Apple has not yet spoken, and it is unclear how this will play out over the next two months. In other international Apple news, the company has approved an Indian-based Do Not Disturb app that combats India's spam phone call epidemic.
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