Top 10 Banned iPhone Applications Around The World
Apple (AAPL) has become the envy of the wireless industry by creating a sprawling bazaar of software programs that can be loaded onto its iPhone. Apple has reportedly revamped its apps approval policy in a bid to make Apple marketplace safer and more productive.Whether too sexy, too profane, too offensive, or too partisan, these apps just couldn’t make the cut.
Check out these banned apps below, and vote on which ones you think should (and shouldn’t) have been allowed.
The Dope Wars
App Maker: Catamount Software
Reason: Objectionable content
This gaming app is a remake of the 1980s game DrugWars (for DOS and Ti calculators). ”Dope Wars,” according to its creators, allows users to play a drug dealer who has to make as much money as possible in 30 days by peddling narcotics. It was too explicit for the App Store, so the creators tweaked the premise and released a G-rated version called ”Candy Wars”
App Maker: Sikalosoft Reason for Rejection: “Deeply offensive”
The ‘Baby Shaker’ app concept was simple: ‘stop the incessant crying of an infant pictured on screen by violently shaking the iPhone, at which point two red “x” marks appear over the baby’s eyes,’ explains CNET. Although iTunes originally approved the app, they later reconsidered their decision, and pulled the infanticide-simulating Baby Shaker from the App Store.
App Maker: Swamiware Reason: No reason given
This app lets you choose one of 18 famous politicians, from Hillary Clinton to Sarah Palin, to bounce off a trampoline–in the Oval Office, no less. The goal is to control the tilt of the phone and bouncing pol to pop balloons floating on the top of the Oval Office with their heads. (The app even includes a pantsless Bill Clinton caricature.) Apple plays it safe when it comes to ‘defemation’ and the App Store didn’t want to take chances.
App Maker: Josef Wankerl Reason: Offensive
This app featured a photo of a knife and would play the Psycho theme when users simulated a stabbing motion with their phone. It was released just after a wave of teen stabbings in the UK and the app sparked outrage. Apple quickly cut down “Slasher.” However, this app is currently available for purchase, and seems to have been re-approved later.
App Maker: Bearded Pony Reason: Sexual content
This suggestive app included a book of tips for hooking up and unique interface for dialing numbers. Apple rejected the app initially (due to sexual content, says the developer), but after the name was changed to “Black Book Dialer,” and some of the content was tweaked, they gave it the OK.
App Maker: Juggleware
Reason: Defamatory to public figure
This app marked the days, hours, minutes, and even seconds until the end of the Bush Administration. A cartoon W formed the hands of the clock marking the time. The app got rejected during the runup to the election in September 2008, and the developer got a rare e-mail explanation from Steve Jobs himself, saying: “I think this app will be offensive to roughly half our customers.”
I Am Rich
App Maker: Armin Heinrich Reason: None given
This app, nothing more than a ‘glorified screensaver,’ cost $999.99. Once downloaded, a glowing red gem would appear on the screen, followed by the words, “I Am Rich.” Its iTunes description read: “The red icon on your iPhone or iPod Touch always reminds you (and others when you show it to them) that you were able to afford this. It’s a work of art with no hidden function at all.” Eight people actually purchased this functionless app before Apple removed it.
Knife Music by David Carnoy
App Maker: Alexandru Brie Reason: Objectional content
This title was actually an electronic book published by the author as a software application. Apple rejected the app in December 2008 because the hospital psycho-drama contained several sex scenes but allowed it the next month after the content was toned down. Apple’s critics point out that far more explicit content is already available in the movies and music available on Apple’s iTunes.
App Maker: GenieApps Reason: Defamatory to public figure
This app allowed the user to play the role of the Iraqi shoe-tossing journalist and hurl footwear at former President George W. Bush. The app was rejected for defaming a public figure. The app was retooled however, and accepted by Apple. Now, the user can toss a shoe at anyone they like by uploading a photo of that person—whether it’s a former spouse or the former President.