Apple Bans some Apps for Sex-Tinged Content

Apple has started banning many applications for its iPhone that feature sexually suggestive material, including photos of women in bikinis and lingerie, a move that came as an abrupt surprise to developers who had been profiting from such programs.

A Sports Illustrated application tied to its annual swimsuit issue was still available for download on Monday, as was one from Playboy.

When asked about the Sports Illustrated app, Mr. Schiller said Apple took the source and intent of an app into consideration. “The difference is this is a well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format,” he said.

(Shawn's Comment: That has to be the lamest justification for app removal. As John Gruber says, "I don’t see how it’s anything other than hypocrisy to say that Time Warner can have an app showing swimsuit models and others cannot....to allow Sports Illustrated and Playboy to publish it and others not? That’s bullshit.")