Petition to Tim Cook, Javad zarif
Stop removing Iranian Apps from the App Store
Dear Mr. Cook,Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc. We’re sending you this petition from Iran, a country in which Apple iOS devices are actively being used by around 6 Million people. More than 11% of our smartphones are iPhones and this makes Iran one of Apple’s biggest markets in the MENA region. In a country which the average monthly wage is around $470, people are paying $850 for a brand new iPhone. Having hundreds of talented iOS developers in Iran, there have been many widely successful Iranian applications on the App Store. Unfortunately, we have always been facing serious problems using international or even domestic applications via App Store. Namely, the “Error 1009” which has been bugging every Iranian iOS owner for a very long time now. It often prevents users with an Iranian IP address from doing almost anything with their devices [It even includes updating the existing applications]. But recently these unkind actions by Apple Inc. has been taken to a whole new level. Iranian iOS application owners have been receiving a message stating that: “We are unable to include your app, [App’s name] on the App Store. Under the U.S. sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute, or do business with apps or developers connected to certain U.S. embargoed countries. This area of law is complex and constantly changing. If the existing restrictions shift, we encourage you to resubmit your app for inclusion on the App Store. “ Many of Iran’s most famous startups have been removed from the App Store due to this new policy in place. Digikala and Snapp are examples of startups affected by the new policy. Former one is Iran’s largest e-commerce platform with millions of users and later one is a localized version of Uber with more than hundred thousands of drivers in 5 largest cities of Iran. This, will have drastic effects on the startup ecosystem and economy. On one hand, we are losing touch with our most needed application and services and on the other hand, it might cause many jobs to be lost. Today, the digital world is no longer limited to a set of computers connected to each other. It’s everywhere. We, the people of Iran, believe that the soul of technology transcends every policy set in the world. The global village vision for this world was achieved through nothing but technology and Apple has always been on the forefront of this globalization. Yet surprisingly, Apple is now bordering access to one of the most used technology platforms in the world. We are asking you Mr. Cook, to recognize our rights as Apple customers. Please stop removing Iranian applications from App Store and lift policies that are limiting our access to the products and services offered via Apple’s platforms by people of the world, for the people of the world. Sincerely yours,Iranian residents of global village Cc’d to Mr. Javad Zarif - Iran Foreign Affairs Minister. ------------------------------------ Persian Translation------------------------------------ آقای کوک عزیزمدیرعامل شرکت اپل ما این تقاضا را از ایران برای شما ارسال میکنیم. کشوری که محصولات اپل توسط 6 میلیون نفر مورد استفاده قرار میگیرند. بیش از 11% از گوشیهای هوشمند مورد استفاده در ایران آیفون هست و این موضوع ایران را به یکی از بزرگترین بازارهای اپل در منطقه خاورمیانه تبدیل کرده است. کشوری که میانگین درآمد ماهانه حدود 470 دلار است و مردم برای خرید یک گوشی نو آیفون 850 دلار میپردازند. وجود صدها برنامه نویس مستعد iOS در ایران باعث شده که اپلیکیشنهای موفق زیادی در اپاستور قرار بگیرند اما متاسفانه ما همیشه با مشکلات جدی در استفاده از اپلیکیشنهای بین المللی و حتی داخلی از طریق اپاستور روبر هستیم. ارور 1009 یکی از شناخته شده ترین این مشکلات است که مدتهاست باعث آزار کاربران ایرانی شده است که اغلب از هرگونه فعالیت کاربران ایرانی جلوگیری میکند. اما اخیراً اقدامات غیر دوستانه اپل وارد مرحله جدیدی شده است و صاحبان اپلیکیشنهای ایرانی با پیامی با شرح زیر روبرو شدهاند: "متاسفانه ما قادر به قرار دادن اپلیکیشن شما در اپاستور نیستیم. تحت قوانین تحریم ایالات متحده اپاستور نمیتواند میزبانی، توزیع و یا انجام کسب و کار با برنامهها یا توسعه دهندگان متصل به کشورهای ممنوعه داشته باشد. این حوزه قانون پیچیده و دائما در حال تغییر است. اگر محدودیت های موجود تغییر می کند، شما را تشویق می کنیم تا برنامه خود را برای ورود به اپاستور مجدد ارسال کنید." بر اساس این تفسیر جدید از قانون تعداد زیادی از استارتاپهای معروف ایران درحال حذف شدن از اپاستور هستند. دیجیکالا و اسنپ مثالهایی از این استارتاپها هستند. دیجیکالا بزرگترین فروشگاه آنلاین ایران با میلیونها کاربر و اسنپ نسخه ایرانی اوبر با بیش از صد هزار راننده در 5 شهر بزرگ کشور. این موضوع تاثیر زیادی برروی اکوسیستم و اقتصاد استارتاپها میگذارد. ازیک سو درحال از دست دادن اپلیکیشنهای مورد نیازمان هستیم و از سوی دیگر این موضوع میتواند باعث از دست رفتن تعداد زیادی شغل شود. امروز دنیای دیجیتال دیگر محدود به ارتباط تعداد محدودی کامپیوتر نیست. تکنولوژی در همه جا هست و ما مردم ایران باور داریم که روح تکنولوژی فراتر از قوانین جهان است. دهکده جهانی چشماندازی بود که بوسیله چیزی بجز تکنولوژی بوجود نیامد و اپل همیشه در خط مقدم این جهانی سازی بوده است. شگفتآور است اپل امروز مشغول مرز کشی در دسترسی به یکی از تکنولوژیهایی است که بیشترین استفاده را در دنیا دارد. آقای کوک ما از شما میخواهیم که حقوق مشتریان اپل در ایران را به رسمیت بشناسید. لطفاً به حذف شدن اپلیکیشنهای ایرانی از اپاستور خاتمه دهید و دسترسی ما به پلتفورم اپل برای استفاده از سرویسهایی که توسط مردم دنیا برای مردم دنیا ساخته شدهاند به حالت عادی باز گردانید. با احترامساکنان ایرانی دهکده جهانی رونوشت: محمد جواد ظریف – وزیر امور خارجه ایران
Petition to Apple
Apple, Open an Official Apple Store in Malta
Apple does not have an official Apple store in Malta and we are forced to use Authorized service centers to service our devices. Having an Apple store in Malta would mean that people can make use of their services such as the genius bar. In addition we would also have an official shop where we can buy and repair our devices with proper customer care and official servicing prices. Currently, a simple battery replacement for a Macbook can take more than 4 weeks and prices are not regulated.
Petition to Tim Cook, Philip W. Schiller
Remove NRATV from AppleTV
The NRA contributes millions of dollars to politicians to prevent the passage of sensible gun control laws, resulting in thousands of deaths and dozens of mass shootings each year, including the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Apple TV carries NRA TV, a 24-hour streaming service with 22 original series that promote the NRA's propaganda, and there’s even an entire segment devoted to how it should be easier to purchase an AR-15. When you partner with an organization like the NRA and even promote their propaganda, some of the blood on their hands rubs off on you. We call on you to stop carrying NRA TV on your service.
Petition to Electronic Arts
Bring Back "Surviving High School" and "Cause of Death"!
In 2011, Electronic Arts released an interactive game called Surviving High School for Android devices. It was a very popular game among many. SHS was unique in the way that it allowed the player to control the storyline, making the game different to everyone who played. In 2014, EA announced that they were closing the game. Electronic Arts also announced the closing of Cause of Death, the sister game to Surviving High School. Despite pleas from players and fans across the United States and the world, Electronic Arts took down SHS and CoD. We all feel upset and betrayed by the fact that we can no longer play two of our favorite interactive games. We remember vividly saving our money to buy new episodes, making plot-changing decisions, laughing at jokes and puns, crying at break-ups, celebrating when we accomplished a chapter, EVERYTHING. We want Surviving High School back, as well as its sister game, Cause of Death.
Petition to Viacom
GET NEOPETS ON iOS APP
It’s the year 2005. You’ve just returned home from a long middle school day. You start your dial up Internet and log onto your neopets.com account. The song “fergalicious” is playing from your “*~*JaMz*~*” iTunes list. You begin playing meerca chase. You’ve finally made enough neopoints to buy your first paintbrush. Your empire is larger than ever. Fast forward, It’s 2018, America is in ruin from lack of access to neopets. Donald Trump is our president and we don’t know for sure if our neopets are still alive. What if there was an easier way to access neopets? What if it were possible to simply unlock your phone and open an app to play meerca chase? Please sign my petition to alert Viacom to the large community of people whose lives would forever change with the addition of a neopets app.
Petition to Tim Cook, Craig Federighi, Apple
An iPhone burned down our home and put us out of business. Demand Apple do the right thing
Apple have missed the self-imposed deadline to "do the right thing" and remediate the devastation caused by their iPhone burning down our home in October 2016. The cause of the fire is not in question. We have a fire report stating that. We started communicating with Apple by letter dated February 28, 2017. We finally got to speak to someone after chasing them in July. Since then, we have asked them to look at the uninsured loss following the fire. By January 2018 the matter appeared to have been forgotten, AGAIN. We chased them once more and their new lawyer said it would be resolved within 5 weeks. Well that's come and gone. Not only have we heard nothing from them but our email notifying them that we could no longer hold onto our farm business as a direct result of the financial strain the fire had created for us was ignored. Enough. Now I'm angry at being treated like an insignificant nobody. We lost our home, everything we owned, our emotional well-being and now our business because of them. The way they have treated us is, at best, neglectful and at worst cruel. We are releasing every phone call, letter and email that has gone between us and Apple. There will be complete transparency. It's ugly. There's phone calls where you just hear us cry and eventually hang up. It's extremely personal, embarrassing to share and not fun to listen to. But here's the thing, Apple have created desperate people with nothing left to lose, so it's time everyone new the true values of this big corporation, how they treat their customers & the potential risks associated with owning an Apple product. We are leaning on family, friends & community for one last time to share and spread the word and go public - it's time to demand that Apple do the right thing -- help us rebuild our farm business and enable us to stay on our land. To be clear, we have closed the farm business for now and borrowed enough money for us to finish rebuilding and stay here for one year. After that we have no option but to sell and leave if they do not help us. It is not ok that while they celebrate their tax breaks allowing them to bring in billions of dollars, we are losing everything. In the meantime, here is a link to all our correspondance: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ztrTc_4qIC6vNL4KJOMXeai-e7-kJAD__CJz5fx3MUo/edit?usp=sharing To find out if you think our farm is worth saving, please visit us @lauricafarm on Facebook and Instagram to learn about our values. Thanks in advance.
Petition to Jonathan Ive
APPLE : Let iPhone users mark texts as unread!
Ghosting could be a thing. OR MAYBE we just have no freaking way to tell who has yet to receive a response from us. Sure, we might be flighty little millennial monsters. OR MAYBE we really want to respond to people we love and can't quite remember whether we did or not. We can mark emails as unread. We can mark Facebook messages as unread. For the love of all that is sweet and juicy and holy, Apple Inc., let us mark our texts as unread. It's simple: we can check messages and then click "mark as read," simply add text that says "mark as UNread" and the corresponding functionality, sirs and madames. No really, do it. Please and thank you, Earth. PS > Every second, four hundred thousand million text messages go unanswered due to lack of unread button access. This must stop.
Petition to SPAMMING APPLE TELLING THEM WE WANT A DABBING EMOJI, spam apple for a dabbing emoji, Apple
Dabbing emoji for IOS
WE WANT A DABBING EMOJI FOR IOS THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER THIS EMOJI WOULD BE ABLE TO SHOWNTHE SARCASM AND BRING MORE HUMOR TO JOKES WE MAKE AND IT COULD BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER SHOWING THEM WE’RE A LIKE ONCE WE DAB THIS IS ABSOLUTELY SERIOUS PLEASE DON’T TAKE THIS AS A LAUGHING MATTER A LOT OF US IN THE IOS COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN WANTING THIS FOR A LONG TIME ITS TIME TO MAKE CHANGE