iPhone App Store Goes PG

Published Monday, February 22, 2010 11:28 AM

So it seems Apple has made another change to their app criteria as they remove all applications that have any sexual content in them at all. Seems everyone is talking about the last couple days as Apple removed any app that has sexual content was well as any application that shows skin or has sexual connotations. I was ready several stories about the situation and according to 9 to 5 Mac this is what is not allowed.

1. No images of women in bikinis (Ice skating tights are not OK either)

2. No images of men in bikinis! (I didn’t ask about Ice Skating tights for men)

3. No skin (he seriously said this) (I asked if a Burqa was OK, and the Apple guy got angry)

4. No silhouettes that indicate that Wobble can be used for wobbling boobs (yes – I am serious, we have to remove the silhouette in this pic)

5. No sexual connotations or innuendo: boobs, babes, booty, sex – all banned

6. Nothing that can be sexually arousing!! (I doubt many people could get aroused with the pic above but those puritanical guys at Apple must get off on pretty mundane things to find Wobble “overtly sexual!)

7. No apps will be approved that in any way imply sexual content (not sure how Playboy is still in the store, but …)

I agree with 9 to 5 that it seems like Apple got tired of all the boobie applications and decided to give them the boot. Why is everyone so upset about this? I mean it's not like you can't look at porn on your iPhone without an app. I personal wouldn't use my iPhone to look at porn but for those who are so inclined can if they wanted to and they don't need an app to do it. I think Apple wants to be as user and kid/parent friendly as possible and with the new iPad coming out with perhaps a new audience to tailor to, they wanted to clean up a little bit. I mean they don't want boobie apps popping up in the app store ruining the users experience. I think perhaps instead of getting rip of them could have just buried the apps so the only way you would find them is if you removed a content filter and searched for them.

I think perhaps they have gone a little too far with the restrictions. I feel that perhaps they are strict so that they have every right to refuse an app but I feel they will use their best judgment when deciding to refuse an app based on content. Well I hope that is the case at least we will have to wait and see.

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