Steve Jobs: “There’s a porn store for Android”

Today, during Q&A at Apple’s iPhone OS 4.0 Developer preview, Steve Jobs gave a lil ol’ “porn store” on Android a major shout out.  Or jab.  But whatever, we’ll take it.

When asked about Apple’s plans to allow unsigned applications on the iPhone, Jobs replied:

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.

*coughcoughSAFARIcoughcough**

And then Twitter went crazy.  There’s a porn store for Android??  Yes, there is.  But we like to think we are more than just porn.

We’re the app store that treats you like an adult.

That means, developers, you have a space to share your adult themed apps without censorship.  And users, now you have the space to browse the apps you want.

Many feel that Jobs latest statement re: unsigned apps goes deeper than just not wanting porn on his product.  Says TechCruch:

For years, iTunes has sold songs with explicit lyrics and movies with graphic nudity. Further, as we’vepointed out numerous times, the iPhone comes with Safari. The web has quite a bit of porn on it. Hell, many porn sites have even launched HTML5 versions that are optimized for the iPhone. Yes, parents can disable access to Safari with parental controls, but Apple could easily add a similar parental control setting to restrict running unsigned applications, too.

The real reason that Apple won’t allow for unsigned apps? They want to maintain full control over the iPhone, in part to ensure that it’s a nice, clean environment. And also so that they can block applications from their competitors, like they’ve done to Google.

We really like how Rob Jackson at Phandroid puts it:

There is something to be said for Jobs’ desire to retain Disney-like control of his company’s moral stature and attempting to ensure the safest experience for its customers. Fine, I get it, admirable and wonderful. But taking a swing at Android for allowing users to do what they want?

I appreciate that Google treats its smartphone customers like adults. Maybe Mr. Jobs can prepackage the new iPhone 4X with a bib, airplane spoon and some Gerber.

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Comments

  1. anonmyous says:

    hm… needs more hentai… contact the Japanese!

  2. Still I would prefer to have it all in 1 store instead of having to install a shady app from which I don’t know if I can trust it and it’s apps. It’s hard to find information about quality assurance on the apps.

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