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It Could Be Worse: Steve Jobs Argues Porn Defense

chewbacca defense Sometimes I really dig into RIM for not keeping up with Apple and Android but it is times like this that make me realize It Could Be Worse. TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid was at a Q&A session with Steve Jobs and somebody asked Steve if Apple ever plans on letting customers install unsigned applications. In case you do not know all iPhone applications must be reviewed and signed by Apple to work on a iPhone unless the phone is jailbroken. This is why only applications in the iTunes store work on a iPhone.

Steve had this to say about why they do not allow customers to install any app:

You know, there’s a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That’s a place we don’t want to go – so we’re not going to go there.

Jason goes on to explain the hypocrisy Apple is displaying by banning applications with nudity but featuring movies with full nudity and explicit words in the iTunes movie store.

So consider this the first installment of “It Could Be Worse.” Every time you think RIM needs to copy Apple’s success I focus on all the Apple features that we should be glad to never have. RIM does have to approve every app that goes into App World and they do require that developers purchase signing keys to install applications but they LET you install any app you want on your BlackBerry. This is one case where Apple is infinitely more draconian in comparison to RIM. Though they did finally announce that the iPhone will finally get pseudo multitasking in OS 4.0.

The irony is that even though unsigned apps are allowed on BlackBerry we have yet to gain our own porn store! Not that I am advocating for it but Steve says it is inevitable.

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  1. BlackBerry users do have a dedicated BB porn site. PIN OTA (I’ll spare posting the URL but put it together and google) It is even optimized for BB by using svg graphics and web based package from RIM dev tools. Just saying, lol.

  2. Bla1ze is right, not that I would know though. 😉

    Even worse hypocrisy from Apple is to make such statements, and then keep the Playboy app in App Store.

    • Yeah but isn’t that site just a regular porn site? It doesn’t have an app or app store… As far as I know. That is what jobs is saying that if they let anybody release apps it would lead to a porn store.

      • Define “regular”. Without gliding down the slippery slope of censorship.

        I don’t own an Apple product, nor do I have iTunes on a computer. My understanding dating back to the whole iBoobs fiasco is that Playboy magazine has an app that is available for download officially from the App Store (without needed a jailbreak to run it). If that remains true, that’s the hypocrisy to which I refer. Where someone draws the imaginary line between soft core and hard core porn is an individual decision. Many folks have no problem with the hardest of hard core and many folks have a problem with even the softest of soft core. The point is that the almighty Steve is drawing that line for you, you don’t get to decide. I could care less if porn is or is not available, I have no use for it personally, my argument isn’t for or against porn. My point is that letting Steve decide what is or is not acceptable for me isn’t something that sits right in my head.

        This isn’t just about porn, it’s about the many things that Steve denies his users. If Steve wants to make the claim he doesn’t want “porn” on his iPhones and iPads, okay that’s a business case decision Apple has every right to make. But he HASN’T made that decision, he’s drawn some hazy line in the sand where Apple is the arbiter of defining what IS and IS NOT porn. If he says no porn, fine, then make it NO porn and stick to the NO part. And potential customers will know that going in and can make their own personal decision (until Steve decides again to move the bar as he’s done). But to publicly decry porn yet still allow what slides in under their hazy line is the hypocrisy of it all.

        Besides, we all KNOW the primary app for porn on an iPhone (or PC, or BlackBerry, or whatever) is the web browser, and you’re not likely to see Steve remove Safari because you can get porn with it.

  3. Apple is so full of it. How are they gonna ban apps with “adult” themes but still have an app that lets you simulate snorting coke off the screen of an iPhone?! Steve Jobs thinks he’s god.

  4. How much money did Apple personally pocket on the sales of those screen washing apps?

    Did they give the money back after banning them after them being top sellers for a very, very long time?

    Sure…

  5. As DavidB says, the problem with this is having someone dictate what is or isn’t acceptable. At the moment Apple appears to ban anything involving nudity (except certain films it appears). For some any nudity is ‘porn’, especially if it shows genitals! For others they are they family holiday snapshots! Naturists have long suffered this kind of arbitrary censorship with some photographic processing companies being notoriously bad.

    To condemn any picture of a nude as ‘porn’ and ban it, is to condemn a large part of mankind’s art heritage! Some of the finest and most famous works of art involve the naked human form.

    Who is there to control the censor? Why should some people be allowed to put themselves in a position of such power that they can dictate what is acceptable to the rest of us? Our only recourse in this case is to consider this to be a bad feature of an otherwise excellent product, then decide if we still want to buy it or would prefer an alternative…

  6. I have read many blog with readers commenting on this issue. Many stated that because “it’s Apple store, they have the right to do as they please. If we dont like it, then go into another platform” though i dont like this whole idea of censorship, i must agree to it to some extent. what really bugs me is these fanboy that just convince themselves that these censorship and whatever apple does is the work of a saint, turn around and bash countries like china for censoring their internet. i just find that these apple fanboys are a bunch of hyprocrites. if you are gonna use such defense as “it’s apple app store, they can do as they please” then you better apply that same defense to all other issues. by Not doing so, just show how lame and blind u are.

    p.s. is it just me or does these brand loyalty are awfully similar to a cult? lol

  7. MiKandi is the “porn store” Jobs spoke of.

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    -MiKandi Team

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