Ryan Johnson, director of the films "Knives Out" and "Star Wars" The Last Jedi, said that Apple does not allow villains in movies to use iPhones.

"Apple allows you to use iPhones in movies, but - and this is very pivotal if you are watching a mysterious movie - bad guys can't use iPhones in front of the camera," the director said in a video interview with Vanity Fair.

He jokingly said that disclosing this information would spoil crime and mystery films in the future, by revealing the bad guys and the good ones depending on their phones.

"Every filmmaker has a bad guy in his movie supposed to be a secret who wants to kill heroes."

According to the American company MacRoomers' website, there have long been rumors that Apple is controlling how its products are shown on TV shows and movies.

According to the site, Apple says that its products should be used "in the best light, in a way or context that reflects positively on Apple products and the company", and adds that it is particularly difficult when Apple funds production, especially with Apple's broadcast service.

Last year, the New York Times reported that Apple was concerned about how to portray its devices in content made for its broadcast service.

This control is not new. An American Wired article published in 2002 indicated that all the good people in the American series "24" use Mac computers, and all the bad guys use computers running Windows. In this logic, anyone who uses non-Apple devices is one of the bad guys.