Apple (possibly) approves iPorn

A topless iPhone app disappears amid talk of censorship, but the developer says it just sold out

By Tracy Clark-Flory

Published June 25, 2009 8:01PM (EDT)

Techies were in a frisson over the appearance yesterday of the first-ever Apple-approved nudie application for the iPhone. One headline declared with biblical import: "And then there was porn." The prudish censors at Apple had finally decided to lighten up, bloggers theorized optimistically. The implications were huge: A new era of X-rated entertainment to-go, a chance to revive the ailing porn industry! 

Today, however, a bucket of ice-cold water was thrown on the excited techies and the app, Hottest Girls, was yanked from the store. The application has actually been around for a while, offering up fairly innocuous snapshots of babes in bikinis for $1.99, but its developers somehow managed to successfully add topless photos to the collection. Maybe Apple simply failed to closely vet the entire photo collection and allowed some naughty bare breasts into its sterilized, family-friendly domain. Lucky for them, the boastful developers and breathless tech bloggers quickly, and unintentionally, alerted them to the oversight.

MobileCrunch is conducting a poll on whether or not Apple should usher in the age of iPorn. Nearly a quarter want the app store boob-free, but, unsurprisingly, a whopping 63 percent say there should be no restrictions, as long as the stuff is legal. The public may desperately want it, but do you really think Apple's gonna open Pandora's box of porn? They can't even handle a pair of nipples.

Update: Wait just a sec! The developer's Web site is claiming that the app is currently unavailable because it was sold out: "The server usage is extremely high because of the popularity of this app. Thus, by not distributing the app, we can prevent our servers from crashing." Could it be that Apple can handle a pair of nipples, after all?

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