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Apple removes apps deemed too racy

Anyone who uses an iPhone and has perused the most popular apps on the free side of the App Store has likely noticed that many of them most popular apps are adult in nature. For a long time Apple would not allow adult or pornographic apps onto the App Store, but it relaxed that policy over the last several months.

Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has begun enforcing a more strict policy on adult apps than it has previously according to a person familiar with the matter. Apple has reportedly already removed the raciest of the adult oriented apps from the App Store. Two of the apps that have been removed include one that animates parts of women in photos and one for fans of a porn star.

Apple said in a statement, "If we find these apps contain inappropriate material, we remove them and request the developer make any necessary changes in order to be distributed by Apple."

According to Mac Rumors, 4,000 adult-themed apps were removed on Friday alone by Apple. ChilliFresh goes even deeper into the removals claiming that Apple's new restrictions ban “Images of women in bikinis” and that “No apps will be approved that in any way imply sexual content”.

The App Store clean up is thought to be part of housekeeping ahead of the launch of the iPad. Apps for the iPad and iPhone will operate on either platform and are expected to be a big part of the success of the iPad when it launches.

Apple has previously sparked controversy for approving the baby shaker app only to come back and remove it after complaints.

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By ipadapps on 2/23/2010 3:03:49 AM , Rating: 2

Dear Apple,

We are a collection of poor Americans, who have been jobless for the
last two years. We can barely afford a trip and all the fun we have is
to look at hot girls, aka adult apps, on our tiny iPhone screen. We
are hoping big for the iPad. The apps on iPad are poised to change the
way people interact with the real world.

But here is the rub: we are unable to use these apps with iPad because
the iPad lacks something... (What, you mean iPad doesn't have a
screen? I can watch adult stuff even with my black and white tv, but
not with this $499 iPad? Now I know why iPads are worse than stones
... )

We are asking Apple to provide adult apps on the iPad. We will be
happy to offer additional technical details.

The impact of adult apps on our lives could be as significant as the
introduction of the PC. In 10 years, we believe adult apps will change
the way everyone experiences travel, design, training, personal
productivity, health care, entertainment, games, art, and advertising.

Looking back just a few years, adult apps had to hack a slew of
components into ridiculously small screens, and be confined to rigged
environments. Nowadays, it comes in friendly, affordable packages and
the iPhone is one of the first devices to have it all – except not any

The battle to determine the winning device has already begun; a public
access to adult apps will give the iPhone a lucrative ticket to

We believe Apple has a window of opportunity of about 3 months before
developers start looking elsewhere. If Apple decides to approve the
adult apps in that time frame – in the next 10 years, everyone might
be using the iPad as the preferred device to interact with the real

Best regards,

Poor American People

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