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    Apple App Store Bans All Sexual Content

    Well, maybe I'll be allowed to look at a woman's ankle on my iDevice.

    Earlier this week, when Apple notified developers that their applications were being removed, it said that it was removing applications with “overtly sexual content”. That sounds like the ban only extends to apps that are little more than soft core porn. But we’re hearing from multiple developers that it actually means anything that could be even the slightest bit titillating in any way — including swimsuits and fitness outfits. In short, if your app has skin, it will probably be rejected.
    Developer Jon Atherton, who is behind the popular application Wobble (which doesn’t actually include any sexual photos), also spoke to an Apple employee, and posted this list of rules to his blog based on what he learned:

    1. No images of women in bikinis (Ice skating tights are not OK either)
    2. No images of men in bikinis! (I didn’t ask about Ice Skating tights for men)
    3. No skin (he seriously said this) (I asked if a Burqa was OK, and the Apple guy got angry)
    4. No silhouettes that indicate that Wobble can be used for wobbling boobs (yes – I am serious, we have to remove the silhouette in this pic)
    5. No sexual connotations or innuendo: boobs, babes, booty, sex – all banned
    6. Nothing that can be sexually arousing!! (I doubt many people could get aroused with the pic above but those puritanical guys at Apple must get off on pretty mundane things to find Wobble “overtly sexual!")
    7. No apps will be approved that in any way imply sexual content (not sure how Playboy is still in the store, but …)
    While on one hand the sheer audacity of Apple in this matter is rather hilarious (should it really come as a surprise?), but censorship (and there really is no other word for it) of this magnitude is an incredibly bad sign for the iPhone and iPad platform. Also, where do we go from here? Is there a double standard for mainstream apps (such as the SI Swimsuit and Playboy apps) while lesser developers get left in the lurch? Or does anything even remotely sexual have no hope of seeing the light of day on the Apple mobile platform (that scream you hear are the publishers of almost every American magazine and newspaper who wept tears of joy with the iPad announcement as they now realize their covers and style sections will get them banned from the app store).

    Link: The New App Store Rules: No Swimsuits, No Skin, And No Innuendo

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    Re: Apple App Store Bans All Sexual Content

    the sexual stuff being in and out (har) so often is annoying. either let it in or don't. they've been waffling on this for a while, and leaving the Playboy app in there isn't helping their cause.

    im not sure what publishers will think just yet. it's apparent that apple will need to draw a line somewhere, but they also stand to profit greatly by allowing things like Maxim and Playboy to hit the iPad at some point.

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    Could this also mean that Apple may, at some point, have the right to restrict web browsing on their devices if the sites are of "questionable" content?

    This is just another reason why I haven't tried to do any iPod/Phone app development; you need to use a Mac OS to compile the code, you need Apple's approval of the app, and you need to pay them to distribute your work even if you make it free. Bah....

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    Re: Apple App Store Bans All Sexual Content

    Sounds like communism.
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    did you really just ask if Bo has his cwp?

    he shot his name into the application form from 1000 yards... while on a Segway... One handed with his USP in .45ACP... While doing pushups AND eating his sandwich...

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    Re: Apple App Store Bans All Sexual Content

    in all fairness, those ARE higher quality bewbs

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    Re: Apple App Store Bans All Sexual Content

    I don't understand the move...
    Edited by Teck:
    did you really just ask if Bo has his cwp?

    he shot his name into the application form from 1000 yards... while on a Segway... One handed with his USP in .45ACP... While doing pushups AND eating his sandwich...

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    Re: Apple App Store Bans All Sexual Content

    They probably had to take a stand, since some things were getting approved, and others weren't. So they went to the clear: No boobies, we have no fun, black, white, silver boooooo

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    Re: Apple App Store Bans All Sexual Content

    Next week they will announce Safari will be hard-coded to only allow you to visit Apple Approved websites.

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