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I was reading TechRadar when I saw this article. Well, I couldn't believe my eyes. Apparently, Apple has pulled apps with overtly sexual content, even a swimwear retailer called Simply Beach!

 

http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/apple-s-stance-on-adult-apps-is-indefensible-672642

 

When did a woman in a bikini become offensive? Come to think of it, when did a naked woman become offensive? I presume iPhones can access pornography on the web, so this just seems crazy if it's true?

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Pretty sure it's true, heard about it on the radio yesterday morning. Rather silly of Apple, but that's just the way they are. They play by their own rules that they make up as they go.

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Are they necessarily pulling it for the content though, or are they finally cracking down on the quality of apps? IMO, an app that's just a bunch of pictures shouldn't be available on the app store, it should be a website.

 

The quality and organization is something that Apple really needs to sort out. Demo's being included on the same page as Apps that are actually free is just ridiculous, but I'm getting off topic.

 

Its also possible that this isn't because of their own policy, but because of some law that they can't ignore, just a thought.

 

Regardless, this is barely relevant when you consider the serious human rights violations regarding censorship in countries like Australia, and China.

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Regardless, this is barely relevant when you consider the serious human rights violations regarding censorship in countries like Australia, and China.

 

I wasn't worried about it from a human rights perspective, I just thought it was of interest from a consumer point of view if Apple are getting silly about Apps these days.

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I'm pretty sure it will have something to do with the iPad. They want it to be used in businesses and schools, and I suppose having those apps available to kids wouldn't really have been okay... Although I don't necessarily agree with the decision, I also think there are a lot of completely pointless apps on the app store, so if they're cutting down on some of them that's fine by me!

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I'm pretty sure it will have something to do with the iPad. They want it to be used in businesses and schools, and I suppose having those apps available to kids wouldn't really have been okay... Although I don't necessarily agree with the decision, I also think there are a lot of completely pointless apps on the app store, so if they're cutting down on some of them that's fine by me!

 

But that's like saying kids shouldn't have computers at school because they can look at porn...

 

It's not like every iPad/phone/touch comes built in with these apps so what's the problem?

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But that's like saying kids shouldn't have computers at school because they can look at porn...

 

It's not like every iPad/phone/touch comes built in with these apps so what's the problem?

 

if the store is built in and easily accessed, its not always as simple as netnannying is for a pc. They are somewhat responsible for what goes on it.

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I thought iPhone OS had parental controls to lock out 17+ apps.

 

The schools would already be censoring their internet connection. Usually this is done on a central server, rather than on the actual computers that students have access to, so every machine on the network will be restricted. Although there are some very easy ways around this (Proxies being the simplest one). As a side note, you wouldn't believe some of the stuff school divisions (or whatever they call them in the UK) censor.

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This article suggests that the opposite could be true

 

http://kotaku.com/5479836/itunes-application-explicit-option-comes-then-goes

 

An "Explicit" option appeared on the App submission section briefly and was then removed, so it could be that Apple have been thinking about adding in adult content. Although the article states from an Apple representative that it will "not be any time soon".

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Why are you even bothered? Unless you're up for a sly wank over your phone at work then why does it matter if they don't put some crappy apps up. Google 'breasts' on your iPhone if its that big of a deal.

I'd understand if people were pissed off if Apple rejects the Opera browser, but I don't see why it matters if this crap isn't on there.

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Why are you even bothered? Unless you're up for a sly wank over your phone at work then why does it matter if they don't put some crappy apps up. Google 'breasts' on your iPhone if its that big of a deal.

I'd understand if people were pissed off if Apple rejects the Opera browser, but I don't see why it matters if this crap isn't on there.

 

Because, like I say, it's consumer interest. There's no way I'd buy an Apple product if they think a bikini is obscene. It's not about wanting porn. Creative people should be able to use whatever outfits they like in their Apps/games without someone deleting it. What an insult (if true)!

 

The effect may be that Android or Windows gets all the best Apps in the future. Therefore, they would be much better phones to own.

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I don't see apple rejecting Opera. There are other browsers available on the app store already actually, just not any of the big ones.

 

In all honesty, people aren't going to stop ,developing for the platform just because they're restricted in such a way. The ESRB has always given games with adult content an Ao rating making it so such games can't be sold in stores (just online), but that hasn't changed the fact that game developers still support consoles the most (in general). Developers will go where the user base is, and right now its clearly on the iPhone.

 

Apps that are just slideshows shouldn't be available in the store anyway, stuff that could be done as a website like that shouldn't be clogging up the app store.

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Why are you even bothered? Unless you're up for a sly wank over your phone at work then why does it matter if they don't put some crappy apps up.

 

I do this, but then I encode a choice video before hand

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Because, like I say, it's consumer interest. There's no way I'd buy an Apple product if they think a bikini is obscene. It's not about wanting porn. Creative people should be able to use whatever outfits they like in their Apps/games without someone deleting it. What an insult (if true)!

 

The effect may be that Android or Windows gets all the best Apps in the future. Therefore, they would be much better phones to own.

 

It's not consumer interest though is it? These apps are crap. These apps are cheap shit, put out cos they know sad people will pay money to see pictures of women without a top on. The best apps out there have had no problems getting on the app store.

I still don't see anything to moan about here.

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Another restriction on the App Store is that you're not allowed to mention that your App is well known/liked/has won awards on other platforms (such as Android).

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It's not consumer interest though is it? These apps are crap. These apps are cheap shit, put out cos they know sad people will pay money to see pictures of women without a top on. The best apps out there have had no problems getting on the app store.

I still don't see anything to moan about here.

 

You're the one obsessed with topless pictures. Have you read the article I linked, because it's not about that at all?

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You're the one obsessed with topless pictures. Have you read the article I linked, because it's not about that at all?

 

I understand your point about some apps. I'm not trying to sound like I'm having a go at you, or making out your a perv or something :p But I just think this is a small number of proper apps (for instance the one you mentioned) that maybe shouldn't be removed. The majority will be the apps I was talking about. This just comes across to me as people jumping on Apple because they have something else they can make a big deal out of.

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I understand your point about some apps. I'm not trying to sound like I'm having a go at you, or making out your a perv or something :p But I just think this is a small number of proper apps (for instance the one you mentioned) that maybe shouldn't be removed. The majority will be the apps I was talking about. This just comes across to me as people jumping on Apple because they have something else they can make a big deal out of.

 

OK, cool. I can imagine there are a load of rubbish "porno" apps on there, which would be completely understandable if Apple took them down.

 

I am not angry with Apple, it's just that I found the article surprising and thought it may be of interest. When someone wants to depict skimpy clothing or even nudity, it is not always for sexual gratification, but sometimes to achieve a certain look or appreciate the human body. To me, as long as it's not vulgar or pornographic, it's not offensive. : peace:

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