All those who were saddened by Apple’s decision to remove 5000+ racy apps from its app store earlier this week can begin to rejoice! It looks like Apple has decided to backtrack on its decision yet again. Initially, the company sought to purge any overtly sexual applications due to customer complaints and its own decency standards.
But, the decision to remove those applications didn’t go well with many especially since several apps such as Playboy, Victoria’s Secret, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2010, FHM, and Maxim remain in the App Store, while others got purged all of a sudden. Meanwhile, Cult of Mac reports that a new category labeled “Explicit” has appeared to developers interested in submitting apps for approval.
The change could signal that Apple is preparing to launch an adults-only section of the App Store that would segregate potentially offensive content from the remainder of applications. The category is not yet in the App Store but it is likely a way to keep some of those “racy” apps in the store without disturbing parents and (17 year old) kids.. This coincides with the launch of iPad tablets sometime later next month.
Apple gave no warning to developers before pulling the apps, and similarly has not made any announcements regarding the addition of an explicit category. It has not told developers whether or not banned apps can be reinstated under a new system.
I already see few people rejoicing!