Hey Apple! Workout Clothes Are Overtly Sexual and PlayBoy Is Not?
By on February 21st, 2010

Apple has been constantly criticized for their app store’s policies by developers and bloggers alike. Earlier it was the mysterious process of rejecting apps for almost stupid reasons and now it is the removal of over 5000 apps without any prior notice. Apple started removing these apps couple of days ago along with sending emails to developers stating that their app is being removed due to overtly sexual content.

The developer behind famous app Wobble talked to Apple after his app (which does not actually contain any sexual content) was removed and was told that anything that is sexually arousing would not be admitted including images of women in bikinis and even silhouettes depicting sexual content. However, one of the most interesting parts of the story is that Apple didn’t touch the famous PlayBoy app that made to the app store late last year.

The web page of the app explicitly claims that the app has frequent/intense sexual content or nudity. The developer claims that the app has no nudity, but it definitely has a lot of skin which is also termed as sexual content according to Apple. Here is an actual picture from the PlayBoy app’s web page on the app store:

Some people might suggest that Apple is still in the process of removing apps and might not have gotten to Playboy yet. This doesn’t sound too probable as it should have come up on the top of the list no matter what criteria they used to identify these apps. Adding more mystery to the issue is Apple’s removal of an app that showed a woman in work out clothes. So let me get this right: A female model in work out clothes is overtly sexual but a playboy playmate posing to turn you on is not??

What do you think about this whole issue? Shouldn’t Apple at least release a statement explaining the situation?

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Author: Tehseen Baweja
Tehseen likes to write about Internet tools that make life easier. Check out his blog at Ijaar.com for more good stuff or follow him on Twitter @tehseenbaweja

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