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Apple continues to carefully police its users' behavior. It has rejected eReader applications, which it believes are used to infringe upon copyrighted works, and rejected a dictionary app until profanity was removed from it.
Apple believes apps would likely be employed for nefarious piracy purposes

Many have fantasized about using their iPhone as a high-resolution handheld version of Amazon's Kindle eBook reader or as a handheld dictionary.  An eBook reader and dictionary applications on the iPhone certainly seemed technically feasible on the iPhone.  But would they withstand the true test -- Apple's at times inconsistent app approval board?

A dictionary app called Ninja Words, written by Matchstick software, promised to open the gates for eBook readers on the iPhone.  It was supposed to offer a "really fast" dictionary search.  The app was submitted on May 13 and was quickly rejected due to a flaw.  States Phil Crosby, one of Ninjawords's developers, "Our app was crashing on the latest beta of iPhone OS 3.0. We quickly fixed this issue and resubmitted."

The now fully-working app has just been rejected again, this time due to the fact that it contains swear words.  Despite the fact that you had to explicitly type the swear word in its entirety to look it up ("fuc" returned no profane results), Apple complained, "Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users."

The makers resubmitted, this time without the swear words.  However, Apple still made it a 17+ application, requiring users to meet an age requirement to download it. 

EBook readers met an even worse fate.  Apple is reportedly rejecting them in mass.  Why, you ask?  Well, it says that the technology is typically use to pirate works that the user does not enjoy legal access to.  Apple states, "(T)his category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing upon third party rights. We have chosen to not publish this type of application to the App Store." At first glance, this policy seems in line with Apple's approach to applications that promise charitable contributions. Apple cannot police the developers and will not allow possibly fraudulent postings on their store. Apple does not want to be in the position of vetting rights claims."

Apple is currently under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission over its rejection of the Google voice app.  With its growing track record of rejecting useful apps, Apple's industry leading iPhone is truly missing out on its chance to distance itself from its competitors.  Instead its raising red flags with the government and users alike.


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RE: WHAT?!
By JasonMick (blog) on 8/6/2009 5:50:38 PM , Rating: 5
Silence, infidel, Brother Jobs in his infinite wisdom knows what is best for you. If he orders you to speak only beautiful Applese words of love and friendship like "cloud" and "fire" and "explosion" you will do as such. And if you are one of those evil pirate sorts, the supreme overlord will banish you to your land of swearing, eBook readers, baby shakers, third party hardware, and other unholy evils.


RE: WHAT?!
By ClownPuncher on 8/6/2009 6:48:22 PM , Rating: 5
I reject Apple, on Fascism grounds.


RE: WHAT?!
By maverick85wd on 8/7/2009 5:16:23 AM , Rating: 3
Seriously. What surprises me is not that Apple keeps doing this type of thing, but that people are surprised. What I REALLY don't understand is why people keep buying their crap. I absolutely LOVE the iPhone, but unless they change how little they respect their customers, I refuse to buy one.


RE: WHAT?!
By VaultDweller on 8/7/2009 8:05:34 AM , Rating: 2
You just came dangerously close to putting Godwin's Law into effect.


RE: WHAT?!
By smackababy on 8/7/2009 8:54:44 AM , Rating: 5
You know who else came close to putting Godwin's Law into effect? Hitler.


RE: WHAT?!
By VaultDweller on 8/7/2009 9:08:30 AM , Rating: 2
Well played.

Or terribly played.

I'm really not sure.


RE: WHAT?!
By MatthiasF on 8/6/2009 8:32:04 PM , Rating: 5
Part of me hopes you're joking while the other part knows you aren't.


RE: WHAT?!
By sprockkets on 8/8/2009 1:04:48 AM , Rating: 2
Didn't you or someone else say that the last time he said that?

Sorry if I miss the joke, if there is one :) , but I do like the fact that those posts came up again, and are both rated 5.


RE: WHAT?!
By CloudFire on 8/7/2009 4:46:28 AM , Rating: 3
" If he orders you to speak only beautiful Applese words of love and friendship like "cloud" and "fire"

HAHA. Oh god, why does my DT handle have to be CloudFire? Was this part of Brother Job's plan for what he wants in my life?


RE: WHAT?!
By jhb116 on 8/8/2009 10:59:56 AM , Rating: 2
Ironic that Apple's commercial, the anti-1984 world order one, still rates high on commercial top 10's for some insane reason and the one I think kicked off Apple's success. Maybe that commercial represents the opposite - you know, to confuse the masses?

Hopefully we don't become Borg under Job's rule.


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