Apple has banned thousands of apps over the past year, citing objectionable content. Here are 10 of the most controversial.
This app, which cost $2 and included 2,200 photos of women in lingerie and bikinis, was accepted by Apple’s app store, then quickly delisted. Why? Said Apple at the time: “The developer of this application added inappropriate content directly from their server after the application had been approved and distributed.”
This dark comic book app was apparently too violent for Apple. Created by developers Al Ewing and Paul Holden of Infurious Comics, Murderdrome has been called an “ironic pastiche” of British adventure comics of the 1970s. The series includes adult dialogue and depictions of decapitations.
This app allows users to replace a religious figure’s face with their own photo and add a caption. It was rejected by Apple, which reportedly told the developer, Lil Shark, that the app could be found offensive. A blog post at Lil Shark’s site stated: “We feel that Apple is being too sensitive to its perceived user group and are disappointed that this otherwise creative, freethinking company would reject such a positive and fun application.”
This app displays a kitchen knife on the screen of an iPhone and emits the theme song from Psycho when the phone is wielded like a knife and used to make stabbing motions. Austin, Texas, developer Josef Wankerl told ABCNews.com that Apple would only say it violated guidelines on decency.
AT&T has the exclusive rights to sell iPhones in the U.S., so it’s not surprising Apple would reject a Google phone product allowing users access to non-AT&T telecom services. The app allows long distance calls to be made on the cheap using a number not issued by AT&T.
Developed by Maza Digital, Drivetrain works as a remote control app for a Web interface called Transmission. It was banned by Apple in May 2009, after the company stated, “this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights.” Translation: Transmission could be a conduit for pirated content. Maza called the decision “ridiculous” and stated the app doesn’t download content.
The most expensive app ever introduced (at $999.99), I Am Rich was created by German developer Armin Heinrich. Its sole function is to convey the fact that you had enough money to buy the app, which displays a glowing red ruby on a user’s iPhone screen.
The concept behind this app is to choose an icon of a politician and make it jump on a trampoline inside the Oval Office, popping balloons. You could turn Bill Clinton, pants dropped to his ankle, upside down, or make Barack Obama do flips. As harmless as that sounds, developer Patrick Alphonso, president of Swamiware, got a rejection letter from Apple, explaining that the app ridiculed public figures and was therefore unacceptable.
Pretending to be New York City drug dealers, users of this app attempt to earn money by selling illegal drugs. After the app was rejected, developer Hardy Macia, owner of Canterbury, N.H.-based Catamount Software, publicly ridiculed the decision, noting that the iTunes store has dozens of songs and movies “about cocaine and killing people.” Macia repackaged the game, calling it, “Prohibition 1: Bootlegger,” and got it approved by Apple.
Apple’s controversial rejection of Eucalyptus, an app for downloading classic books developed by James Montgomerie, burned up the blogosphere. One of those books, the Kama Sutra (the ancient Hindu text with multiple references to sexual behavior) was used as an example of why Apple rejected the app, deeming such content “inappropriate.” After an uproar among developers and tech bloggers, Apple changed its mind and allowed the app to be offered.