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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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By grath on 8/6/2009 8:32:05 PM , Rating: 5
Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind

So by that policy the following native iPhone apps might be kill switched any minute now!

iPod - they sing naughty words!
Safari - 80% of the web fits that description!
Maps - GPS your way to an adult video store!
Camera - make your own porn!
Mail - free viagara and bootleg Rx spam offends me!
YouTube - what better place to obscenely offend and defame people than youtube!

By Belard on 8/7/2009 2:17:19 AM , Rating: 2
Can't seem to rate you higher.

Morality police ALWAYS suck. If some kid already knows the F and S and any other words... there is no OMG! SHOCK value! This isn't the 50's.

Just like anything else:

-Video games don't make kids into killers
-Homos don't make other people into homosexuals because you know they exist.
-The sky is always blue
- Apple sells music that has curse words
- Apple sells(rents) movies that has sex and curse scenes.


Apple... I don't own your stuff, I'll give you credit were you deserve it, but this kind of crap is.... bull.

Grow up, apple.

By Breathless on 8/7/2009 9:17:19 AM , Rating: 2
The funny thing is that if there were suddenly no more "morality police", society would quickly turn into one big "Liberal Missouri", and you certainly don't want that... do you? The "free thinkers" need the "morality police" because generally the "rules" end up somewhere in the middle. When one side starts to overpower the other (eh hem... Obama adminstration take over) is when the major problems will start happening. Even though I don't like liberals, I understand that their existence is unfortunately necessary so far right doesn't screw up the earth the same way the far left will.

End Rant

By erple2 on 8/7/2009 2:08:04 PM , Rating: 2
The rant goes both ways. One could say that the other political side had overpowered for a long time leading up to the current left leaning political power.

You could also say that there were plenty of problems before the current Administration took office.

I don't like people that think that classifying people as one vs another. There's a difference of liberal and far left. In this political non-war, it's convenient to classify people as "us vs. them" where "them" is "anyone that isn't us".

I'm not so sure that the "morality police" keeps anything in check. It seems to exist solely as a device to try to keep itself relevant. I think that people will do what they want to do, "morality police" be damned. Some people will swing far to one side, others will swing the other way.

By Murloc on 8/7/2009 10:26:39 AM , Rating: 2
the stupid thing is that real dictonaries contain swears, it's just stupid, and it's not like it's THEIR responsibility.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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