Apple Boots Swimsuit Store App; Insists Complaints Led To App Store "Racy App" Ban

Apple Boots Swimsuit Store App; Insists Complaints Led To App Store "Racy App" Ban

As you probably know, Apple is purging apps that are somewhat racy from the App Store, including those, according to a developer, that include women in bikinis. Yet the Sports Illustrated app is still in the App Store, and we smell favoritism.

Phil Schiller, head of worldwide product marketing at Apple, pretty much confirmed that in statements he made to the New York Times. He said:
“The difference is this is a well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format."
Ah, we see. By the way, the Playboy app is still in the App Store as well.

While there is obviously some measure of truth to that statement, some of the apps, such as Wobble (demo below), which have a sort of racy component to them, but don't even specifically provide racy photos in them. Strangely, also, new apps continue to be approved that should be banned, such as Adult Sex Trick, which appears to have been updated just yesterday.

At the same time, as far as why they made this change, Schiller said:
“It came to the point where we were getting customer complaints from women who found the content getting too degrading and objectionable, as well as parents who were upset with what their kids were able to see.”
OK, so they are not so upset with Playboy or SI.  We get it!

At the same time, since swimsuits are banned, or at least bikinis, an app for a swimsuit store has been booted from the App Store as well.  

It's an unfortunate truism that a store selling swimsuits would probably have bikinis.  As Gerrard Dennis, managing director of The Simply Group, which operates Simply Beach and six other online stores said, "The e-mail [from Apple] arrived straight to a junk mail folder on Friday and to be honest we thought it was a spam joke. We then checked iTunes to find the app had in fact been removed. It seems like political correctness gone mad. It’s just women in bikinis, swimsuits and kaftans."


It's true that Apple is playing favorites here.  Apps such as the Playboy app and the Sports Illustrated app are still in the store, despite the fact they are far more titillating than a swimsuit store's app.  

The developer of the Simply Beach application, Exploding Phone, has resubmitted the app to the App Store, this time with an age restriction, hoping the app will be restored.  Andrew Long, managing director of Exploding Phone said, "Being optimistic, maybe a new set of eyes at Apple will realize that the app is a store selling beach clothes and approve it. But we'll have to wait and see."

At any rate, it's not as though iTunes itself doesn't have plenty of racy material among its videos or even its music. Mobile Safari is able to access plenty of stuff on the web, as well, though famously, not Flash.

Speaking of which, watch that Wobble demo below:

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Seems to be hypocrisy at it's finest!

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Of course I have never seen Apple of all companies as being hypocritical. I mean sticking the same hardware in a PC as any other manufacturer, and using custom drivers to signify it as Apple approved, as well as having to write or have the OEM write custom drivers for your companies Unix based OS, so that you can say it's custom (when it's really the same hardware), is up front business right.

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Apple seems to be making some very poor decisions lately. Fanbois are going to have a hard time defending them if they keep it up...

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Amazingly there were even a few apps that got banned which had the tech of a 1950's pen. You know those pens that you flip upside down and the picture of the girl loses her clothes. Oh and there was the skirt app that let you blow into the microphone to lift a girls skirt. But they still have 100,000 fart apps right?

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Huzzah for Apple. These things (as anyone who actually owns an iPhone/iPod can attest) are a waste of space on the App Store-- essentially, spam. You guys, um, coming out in favor of spam now?

Not quite sure where digitaldd gets the "hundred thousand" value from; last I saw there were about three fart-sound apps, and they (without frequent updates, and with low user rankings) will slowly slide off into the sunset. The girl- and boy-picture apps are plastered on a regular basis in every category, including ones they obviously don't fit into, and are pumped by phony users' reviews.

When you search in a particular category, such as "All free apps," you only see the top 100 (if there's a "next page" button, it's well-hidden from these aging eyes). So having 20 picture-album apps means that 20 which may be of actual interest aren't being shown. (You can improve on this by selecting a subcategory, then searching all free apps... but as mentioned, the picture-album apps are pervasive, and wind up even in such categories as "productivity" and "finance.")

One might also comment on the dozens of organized crime, vampire, and racing duel-games; but that's another matter, and I expect a shakeout to occur. They, at least, are free to start.

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It's Apple's store. They own it and can do what they want to with it. Any other reason or excuse doesn't matter at all. Criticizing it is just a waste of time. I'm glad I don't own one, and that I don't have to mess with it, because the way they handle the store would just piss me off anyway.

My computers give me all of the technology 'fix' that I need.

I think that Clem Snide has a valid point. There is way too much GARBAGE to sift through to get to the Apps worth having. And That's probably pissing people off as well.

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That app rocks lol

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