Over 30,000 views in one day! Didn’t expect Android to sound like Master Yoda…
Steve Jabs (let see if this nickname sticks) is at it again. The second time this month, Jabs takes another swipe at Google, Android, MiKandi and the adult industry. Ok, we get it, Steve! You don’t like porn.
In an email correspondence concerning the recent rejection (and soon acceptance) of a political satire app that features the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore, Apple consumer Matthew Browing expresses his concern with Apple’s arbitrary approval process. Incredibly, Browing gets a direct response from Jobs himself, who doesn’t miss a beat, but definitely avoids the question.
The consumer, Matthew Browing, wrote Jobs directly, saying, “”It appears that more and more Apple is determining for its consumers what content they should be able to receive. I’m all for keeping porn out of kids’ hands. Heck—I’m all for ensuring that I don’t have to see it unless I want to. But … that’s what parental controls are for. Put these types of apps into categories and allow them to be blocked by their parents should they want to.
“Apple’s role isn’t moral police,” he continued. “Apple’s role is to design and produce really cool gadgets that do what the consumer wants them to do.”
Jobs’ response, which, we repeat, was presumably made not in haste but deliberatively, once again stressed his intense disinterest and dislike for adult fare on “his” devices.
“Fiore’s app will be in the store shortly,” he wrote Browning. “That was a mistake. However, we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone.”
As with Jobs’ first porn complaint, the world will probably scratch its collective head once again in trying to decipher the meaning of these comments, especially considering the fact that people can access porn through browsers. A curious omission was a lack of response by Jobs to the comment about parental controls. One might assume that Apple would embrace filtering technology, especially considering its stance on porn.
It makes sense why Apple would want to omit an explicit category from the App Store. They’d have the train their employees to look at porn apps all day for “quality assurance” testing (snicker). We’d like to propose this solution to Apple: open the iPhone and we’ll gladly step in to fill that void as an uncensored third party iPhone app store.
No? Eh, it was worth a shot.
All jokes aside, we think it’s excellent that there is more clarity from Apple and we’re happy to work with any mobile app developers who are impacted by Apple’s decision. Our developers love that our audience is all 18+ and that we’re clear with consumers about what’s going on, so we’re excited to continue building the first app store that treats you like an adult.
P.S. Android FTW
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.
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.