Apple removing risque iPhone apps: reports

Feb 21, 2010
An iPhone 3Gs is displayed at an Apple store in San Francisco, California. Apple has begun removing risque iPhone and iPod Touch applications from its online App Store, including some which had previously been approved for sale, according to reports on Saturday.

Apple has begun removing risque iPhone and iPod Touch applications from its online App Store, including some which had previously been approved for sale, according to reports on Saturday.

Technology blog TechCrunch and The Wall Street Journal said the new policy towards adult-themed contents had resulted, for example, in the deletion of applications featuring bikini models.

TechCrunch said Apple had begun notifying application developers earlier this week that apps with "overtly sexual content" were being removed.

"If we find these apps contain inappropriate material, we remove them and request the developer make any necessary changes in order to be distributed by Apple," the Journal quoted an Apple statement as saying.

The Journal said the move appeared to be part of an effort by Apple to clean up the App Store ahead of the shipping late next month of its new tablet computer.

The newspaper said the App Store, which offers more than 140,000 programs, will be an important part of the marketing of the iPad, which intends to promote as a device for families and schools.

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not rated yet Feb 21, 2010
Its about time! Anyone who is regular to the app store would have noticed atleast some form of soft pornography doing the rounds. While I agree such type of apps may have its own market and I dont't object to having a few of such apps on the store. What upsets me the most is when such apps flood the store. Such apps sometimes end up on the top lists as well.

The bikini example is pretty good. Try a search for bikini and I am sure you will get over a 100 results all with similar content and theme.

Good move Apple. I would advise to leave a few paid apps for the discerning people and trash the rest.
not rated yet Feb 21, 2010
Although I agree with Apple in this instance and I don't want to see soft porn on my iPhone, I still think that Apple are being generally too draconian with their monopoly over apps.

Basically Apple decide what I'm allowed to install on my own iPhone, which kinda sucks.

What I would like is to be able to install my iPhone apps from anywhere. Even apps that I write and develop myself I still can't install on my own iPhone unless I jail break it.
not rated yet Feb 21, 2010
Yes this is a bit draconian but it is their store...

Besides if people really need that kinda of fix just import the video and pictures into iTunes or even use the browser. I really don't see a problem here.