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Adult apps are finally coming to the iPhone thanks to parental controls. This almost-safe-for-work image is among the cleanest on the new app.  (Source: Gizmodo)
Censorship at Apple's App Store may finally be letting up

It took the Baby Boom generation to revolutionize America's views on sexuality, and it looks like it took three iPhone generations to accomplish a similar transformation.  In what some are hailing as the end of Apple App Store censorship, Apple has allowed a vibrator app and a pornographic app to enter the holy ground of its App Store.

Previous apps had offered softer content, showing somewhat provocative pictures of models in swimsuits.  The new app, though is the first to show nudity.  It definitely falls under the NSFW category.

The app is rate 17+ for "frequent/intense sexual content or nudity" and "frequent/intense mature/suggestive theme".  According to the developer, "We uploaded nude topless pics today. This is the first app to have nudity."

Apple decided to tolerate the new apps, reportedly, due to the new parental controls in the iPhone OS v3.0.  With the entrance of such apps into the App Store, many are predicting that Apple's censorship of such "offensive" adult applications such as the Me-So-Holy app and the South Park app will be forced to end.

Update 1 (Thu Jun 25, 1:23 PM):  It appears that Apple may have reversed its decision after the wave of popularity, though no official word has come yet.  The app is currently not available in the app store, according to users.

Update 2 (Thu Jun 25, 1:30 PM):  The developer's webpage states that the App wasn't whacked by Apple, but rather was temporarily taken down as the overwhelming popularity placing too much strain on the image server.  They promise the app will pop back up soon, complete with nudity.

Update 3 (Fri Jun 26, 8:27 AM):  Apple has baffled once again.  So, apparently it did actually pull the Hottest Girls app, which won't be returning.  States Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr:
Apple will not distribute applications that contain inappropriate content, such as pornography. The developer of this application added inappropriate content directly from their server after the application had been approved and distributed, and after the developer had subsequently been asked to remove some offensive content. This was a direct violation of the terms of the iPhone Developer Program. The application is no longer available on the App Store.

The real mystery now is why did they let it on in the first place?  And what's the point of parental controls if you disallow all adult content?

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RE: Removed?
By TomZ on 6/25/2009 1:52:05 PM , Rating: 5
Uh, banning an app based on its content is almost the exact definition of censorship.

RE: Removed?
By threepac3 on 6/25/2009 2:47:51 PM , Rating: 5
...and it's their right.

RE: Removed?
By Chocobollz on 6/26/2009 5:17:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yes it is, so what? Do we talking about the human rights here?

RE: Removed?
By mindless1 on 6/27/2009 1:34:03 AM , Rating: 2
... and it's ours to voice disapproval of it if/when we feel that way, though I too feel there is no need or point to pron on a small mobile device, that those interested in having it are probably pathetic perverts.

RE: Removed?
By xRyanCat on 6/28/2009 1:42:38 AM , Rating: 2
Actually... It might not be. If you can argue the iPhone has a monopoly, or a significant enough presence in their market (casual smartphone use) much like Microsoft has a monopoly in the Desktop market (the server market is more competitive), then the U.S. would charge them with anti-trust lawsuits as consumer welfare is an important part of U.S. antitrust law.

Of course there are alternatives, much like there are MANY alternatives to Windows, that doesn't mean Apply can't be treated like a monopoly just like Microsoft gets raped over.

Google cried foul and threw up a huge storm over Vista's search because Microsoft had an "unfair" advantage over Google Desktop.

Microsoft constantly gets trouble over their position while Apple gets to do pretty much whatever it wants.

RE: Removed?
By erple2 on 6/30/2009 5:24:40 PM , Rating: 2
Having a majority, or even a vast majority of market share is a necessary condition for having a Monopoly, but it is NOT a sufficient condition for having a Monopoly.

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