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iPhone owners with mates in Afghanistan will have a hard time keeping track of them, as the handset doesn't admit the existence of the country in its contacts application. A contact's country of residence is selected from a drop-down list on the iPhone and iPod Touch - unless that contact lives in Afghanistan, in which case …


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  1. Mike Bird 1

    so far up the river

    it should be obvious ... the merry Apple guys are in a the State of Denial.

  2. M7S

    On my Touch

    Malta doesnt exist either

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

    Soon to be retitled Applestevan,

    The main crop will be Kool Aid.

    No change really...

  4. NightFox

    When is Free Text not Free Text?

    The iPhone/iPod seems to store this as a free text field, although you can only enter data into it using the drop-downs. Create an Afghan address on your Mac/PC, sync it and it will show on your iPhone as Afghanistan. However, try to edit it on your iPhone and it turns back into a drop-down with your own country listed, though exit editing without changing this and it will revert to Afghanistan.

    So there you go.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't have an iPhone

    Do they recognise Tibet?

  6. Winkypop Silver badge
    Big Brother

    Black iOps

    Who'd a thunk it?

  7. karabuni

    Safety first!

    Perhaps they've taken Rhod Gilbert's tale of being told that the Taleban can capture dialled numbers from the hills round Kabul too seriously, so they're taking no chances.

    Apple's geography isn't very good, as recently (October) the map showing the location of the Norwich Apple Store was just a blue square, which when zoomed out, turned out to be the south Atlantic below Lagos.

    Sadly, the "get driving directions" did know where Norwich was.

    (I told Apple about it & it's been corrected)

  8. Robert Carnegie Silver badge


    I wonder if it's iffy about Iran or Cuba or anywhere else the U.S. doesn't like.

  9. Frederic DEGAND
    Black Helicopters

    Not the only forsaken country

    Laos (officially known as Lao People Democratic Republic) is not among the accepted countries for Facebook. Instead, there is a country named Lagos in the list, prompting some to suggest that Vientiane was secretely invaded by a 419 mercenary army. A Facebook group ( Campaign for Facebook to recognise the country 'Laos' ) has been petitioning the company to officially recognize Laos' existence for over two years.


  10. Ascylto
    Jobs Halo

    Not Apple

    This has nothing to do with Apple.

    It's Blair at work.

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