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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  • aep528

    Did you really need to publish this? The reasoning is pretty obvious, don't you think? Playboy and SI are big media with lawyers. Small developers are pushovers. Get it now?

    • steve248

      really need to publish this? yes, you tardbag, apple is creating the most lopsided double standard ever over the use of their shitstore, so that they can continue to clamp down on initiatives of their choosing while making huge $$$ from partners like playboy.

      go blow an ipad and get back to ranting about html5 video…

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  • Ryan

    You can hardly say Wobble doesn't contain any sexual content. the home screen for the game has a woman's silhouette with "wobble-areas" over her chest.

  • Hal

    http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/

    another great cartoon comment on this issue.

  • manny

    total bullshit i would sue apple

    fck em , the way android phones are coming along with 22million phones a year (just in a few countries) they should soon have a huge marketshare. in fact in 80% of the world android phones still havent arrive, imagine when they do

  • fjpoblam

    Simple: Will AAPL censor the Venus de Milo or The Thinker as soon as someone gets around to using Photoshop to put skin-tones on them? This is entirely stoopid! AAPL can't read my mind to determine what is offensive or sexually arousing. Properly displayed, I may find a pencil or the inside of a peach sexually arousing. What about apps showing anatomy for physicians? Are body parts of apes arousing (National Geographic)? Swimming (Olympics coverage)? WTFO?

  • Ric

    This is so awesome! I cant wait to be able to see apple and El Diablo Jobs shrink and whither up like the broke dicks they are when Joe 6 pack consumer finally has had enough.

  • http://www.superlooks.com Womens Clothing

    Well the email that Apple sent to Wobble's developer indicated that the app was being removed due to "numerous complaints from [their] customers." Maybe they just didn't get any complaints for the Playboy app :P LOL!

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    I may gain a pencil or the internal of a peach sexually arousing. What nearly apps viewing anatomy for physicians? Are embody parts of apes arousing ?

    polo

  • http://www.impactfitnesswear.com Women’s Workout Clothing

    Now you are getting to the point. It is all about the $$ to Apple.

 
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