Apple’s Pride-themed watches are censored in Russia

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Apple is manually blocking users in Russia from selecting a ‘Pride’ face for their Apple Watch which they introduced worldwide this May. However, soon after the launch of the background option, fans began to complain that there are limits in applying this new option. The company appears to have hard coded the restriction, meaning any user who sets their device’s region to Russia will automatically have the option disabled – even if they are not actually in Russia. iOS developer Guilherme Rambo confirmed: “The Apple Watch pride face is hardcoded to not show up if the paired iPhone is using the Russian locale.” The Verge demonstrated the issue, showing the option disappearing from the Watch menu when a user changes the device’s location into Russia in settings. The physical Pride Edition watch strap also appears to have been removed from sale in Russia. Attempting to access it via the Apple website from Russia displays an error that states: “Are you looking for something? We thought so. The product you are looking for is no longer available on apple.com.”

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