Do You Feel Better or Worse After Apple Pulled Those Boobie Apps?

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The iPhone Perv App Wars of 2010 is over, with Apple firing the one and only round, killing off 5,000 tata apps. But, what do you, as a consumer, feel about it?

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There are two sides to the argument. You've got your one hand, which holds the fact that the market should police itself, and if people want boobies in their apps, they should go ahead and get boobies in their apps. This hand is sticky. If it turns out that people don't want it, sales will tank and developers will stay away from making so many of these. Obviously sales have been decent, if there were 5000 of these apps. And, nobody likes having a nanny tell them what they can and can't see.

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But on the other hand, Apple wants to make some kind of statement here, keeping their App Store (it is their App Store, after all) clean of a certain type of sexuality. You can go to the Android Marketplace (or open up Safari) if you want the privilege of squinting at nipples, but there's none of that going on here. Having 5,000 fewer apps to sort through means getting where you're going is slightly faster, even though it's not a majority of the store or anything.

So how do you feel about this?

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Doesn't bother me one bit. Why? Because I don't own an iPhone, never will. It doesn't affect me.

Haha, ok, I'm just making a segway into my actual point. Fine, it's their store, their rules, but once again, we're faced with one major flaw in their business plan. It's Apple's way or the Highway. Now, fine, Apple decided that it'll improve their image if they remove any apps that objectify women or in some way make the iPhone into a sex toy (also consider that some of the bouncy apps they remove aren't specifically "boobie" apps, although they are typically used for that purpose).

As a consumer, I would feel insecure about my relationship with Apple. To put that into prospective, let's assume Microsoft took the moral stand and decided to push out a Windows Patch that blacklisted the installation and running of questionable apps. Let's start, for example, Torrent clients, TOR, certain media players, Slysoft products, virtual drives, encryption tools, Webcam software, and pretty much anything they decided may be used for porn, hacking, pirating, or anything that demoralizes society. Well, as a faithful Windows user who doesn't want to pack up and leave, I would first wait for Windows to be "jailbroken." But let's say Windows kept pushing updates and patches that nullify the latest jailbreak. My answer would be to pack up and fully commit to Ubuntu. As an outsider looking in, I wouldn't consider starting out on a Windows computer. I almost expect that Linux and Mac would gain market share very fast.

I'm still amazed that Apple can smooth this kind of stuff over with a cute little TV ad about how much better my life would be if only MY phone could order flowers for my wife, WHILE I'm talking to her....as awkward as that would be.