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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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What is so baffling?
By artemicion on 6/26/2009 10:42:01 AM , Rating: 1
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?

Um, my reading of your very own reporting is that the developers submitted an application that did not feature pornography. After the application was accepted, they made content changes server-side that added porn. Apple, understandably annoyed at the developer's underhandedness, yanked the app.

Not sure what is so "baffling" about that.

Pretty sure there's nothing to see here (especially now that they pulled the porn). The market is legion with companies that distribute user-created content that place conditions on the kind of content that is allowed.

Pretty sure you can't post porn on facebook, myspace, etc. Facists!

Pretty sure you can't post porn on Youtube. Despots!

Pretty sure DailyTech automatically rates down comments that contain swear words. Swear words! WHERE'S DAILYTECH BASED, CHINA!?!?!? And I bet if I made an ASCII drawing of a penis in a comment, DailyTech would outright take it down. COMMIE NAZIS!

(sarcasm throughout)

RE: What is so baffling?
By Alexstarfire on 6/26/2009 3:02:31 PM , Rating: 3
Apples to oranges my friend. The reason you can't post porn on those sites is because the sites/servers are owned by them. They have the right to pull content off their own servers as they see fit. I suppose the same could be said of Apple hosting the apps since they do host it on their own servers, but the problem is that the App store is THE ONLY way to get apps. Upon implementation of parental controls it makes little sense for Apple to keep playing the parent role and filtering apps.

Anyway, once the app is downloaded Apple should no longer have control of it since it is no longer on any of their property. It is not the right of the software holder, in this case Apple on the iPhone, to dictate what one can or can not do on their software, provided it's not breaking the EULA. Which in this instance it's not, just merely breaking Apple's ethical/moral code which most people couldn't care less about. Apple does not own the phone that the software is running on, unless it's on display at an Apple store.

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