Apple's App Store to remain nudity free

The web was all aflutter last week when Hugh Hefner himself tweeted that Playboy magazine would be coming to the iPad uncensored. It appears that this was a miscommunication – probably intentional – as Computerworld clarifies that we will not see an uncensored Playboy app, but instead will be able to access Playboy’s website on an iPad. The company also mentioned that the site will “utilize iPad functions,” but remains mum on what that actually means.

Apple has always had a tight grip over what is allowed in its App Store, with sexuality being one of the touchiest subjects. While some people say that the restrictions are fine given the fact that the browser can still access internet sites, others believe that it is censorship and that Apple should open up the doors for consenting adults. In fact, not everything being blocked by Apple is pure nudity. Last year, the Guardian reported that fashion magazine Dazed and Confused has stated that the “iPad edition has been nicknamed the Iran edition by the people putting it together, given the parallels between censorship in the Muslim theocracy and the iTunes store.”

Does Apple’s tight grip on applications in their store make the platform better? Or would you prefer to do what Steve Jobs suggests when he said, “Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone.”

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And this is why I don't by apple. If I buy something, its ****ing mine, am not going to pay as much as they want for their devices only to use it only the way they want you too.

While I don't really see a need for it, it's nice to have a choice. There are ways to implement a block while checking age and allow it thereafter if the person is old enough.

why the hell do you need porn at the app store? considering that apple takes a 30% cut from each purchase it could be seen as apple profiting from porn ... im sure most companies don't need that image ... if parents knew, do you really think they would buy a product from a company who appears to 'sell porn' ... get over it porn trollers there is plenty of porn already, its not needed on any app store.

I said this as soon as everyone started having a go at Apple for going back on their own rules ... It was goddamn obvious to even a low IQ'd gibbon, that Apple would not be allowing the app to have uncensored PlayBoy, but that there'd be a link to the website. Jeesh.

what said,
iPhones are sex magnets apparently. Who needs porn if you can get it on tap by flashing your phone?

unless your holding it wrong...

Pauleh said,
Has anyone ever needed a specific app to view porn in the past?

No. But Playboy really isn't porn. Its more along the lines of Maxim in format, just it shows boobs. There are fundamental differences between Internet porn and softcore porn magazines. But there really isn't any reason a softcore porn magazine can't be distributed through a web interface in this day in age. I'm sure they can make it close to the offerings of apps line Zinio. Playboy might even be able to make offline reading possible.

Before you go yelling at Apple, just realize that Microsoft does the same thing with the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. No porn on that app store either...

Adamb10 said,
Before you go yelling at Apple, just realize that Microsoft does the same thing with the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. No porn on that app store either...

Yeah but no one has a windows 7 phone

Exopolitics2010 said,

Yeah but no one has a windows 7 phone

*Looks over at my Galaxy S, iPhone 3G and LG Optimus 7Q* .... But I have one! and I use it the most out of all of my phones

Adamb10 said,
Before you go yelling at Apple, just realize that Microsoft does the same thing with the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. No porn on that app store either...

That doesn't make it any better. There are ways to implement a block while checking age and allow it thereafter if the person is old enough.

Callum said,

That doesn't make it any better. There are ways to implement a block while checking age and allow it thereafter if the person is old enough.

And everyone knows that it would work for 99.99% of the customer base. Apple isn't worried about the 99.99% of the the customer base. It is worried of the .01% being a child and then Apple getting sued for it.

I remember this discussion before the iPad came out, people were discussing that you wouldn't want to view porn on a screen that small. But seriously, in which situation is it okay to view porn when you have porn and don't have access to your own computer? At work? The bus? I wouldn't want to view porn anywhere but at home thank you very much.

Is there anyway to get protected content on the iPad w/o Apple? Like a protected PDF loaded into Goodreader or even iBooks?

I have a phone running Android (HTC HD2) and an iPhone and an iPad, and I never found the need to get an APPLICATION for porn on any of them! When needed, the web browser and media players are enough, although they work better on Android due to the diversity of supported formats (video codecs and Flash Player). Seriously, how many people install porn applications on a desktop OS anyway? They practically don't exist, or are just spyware crap. IMO, there's no need for them, or at least they won't affect Apple's market share when it comes to a buyer's decision (Oh hey, I want to buy an Android phone so I can w**k on it ... ?!)

The majority of teens old enough to view porn with a workaround of apples policy dont care. why view porn when you can make it.

Leroy Jethro Gibbs said,
The majority of teens old enough to view porn with a workaround of apples policy dont care. why view porn when you can make it.

The mojority of teens that know porn exists, can easily access it anyway. I mean google porn, tits, or even peanut butter and you've got a show.