Top 10 Banned iPhone Applications around the Globe
- November 30
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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.
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App Maker: Alexandru Brie
Reason: Objectional contentThis 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.
App Maker: Phunkware
Reason: Copyright infringement
This Tetris-like game was pulled from the app store for being, well, Tetris-like. The game was stripped from iTunes in September 2008 after Tetris complained that the resemblance was too close.
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