Me So Holy
Me So Holy
Suitably infringing on delicate religious grounds, the premise behind Me so Holy, enabled you to substitute a photo for the face of Jesus. The app unsurprisingly was blocked under the Section 3.3.12 of the iPhone developer agreement, which deems it falling under, "Obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users." So basically no Jesus mocking allowed then.
Clearly not ones to tread into controversial political waters, Steve Jobs himself responded to creators Alec Vance and Court Batson on their app that gave those eager to get a certain linguistically-challenged George Bush Jr out of the White House could count the days until the bumbling president had completed his tenure. In riposte to Alec Vance and Court Batson, Jobs said "Defaming, demeaning, or attacking political figures is not considered appropriate content for the App Store."
French developers Damabia launched their Bang!Bang! application which turns the touchscreen handset into a 'mock gun,' rightly upset more than an a handful of iPhone users. Available for just 59p on the iTunes download store, the app offers a wide choice of revolvers and shotguns to play adult cops and robbers. Anti-gun campaigners however failed to see the lighter side of this particular double barrel mobi-action.
Access to thousands of free books from the Project Gutenberg library sounds relatively harmless, but the fact that James Montgomerie's ebook reader program gave access to the Karma Sutra was enough for Apple to act. Montgomerie was quick to criticise the decision via his blog saying, "Eucalyptus itself doesn't 'contain' books any more than a newly bought iPod 'contains' songs." After much discussion, Apple did finally allow the app to go live.
Prohibition: Dope Wars
Prohibition: Dope Wars
Let's face it, with a name like that they must have been expecting it. The game of obvious drug-related connotations caused a little bit of a stir, and the game developed by Hardy Macia and Catamount Software was forced into lockdown due to its drug-dealing content.
The developers resubmitted the app under a new guise, Prohibition 3: Candy Wars where you could now play a candy dealer in the summer of 2040 during the height of candy prohibition, making as much money selling fairy dust.
To most, the thought of a cartoon resembling US president Barack Obama or a trouseless Bill Clinton jumping up and down on a trampoline is not surmount to raising the Apple regulators alarm, yet developers Swamiware was forced to have their app removed from the iTunes app Store. On resubmission Swamiware decided to amend the game with paper bags over the politicans' heads, but we could still tell who they were under there.
Fake Watch and Fake Watch Gold Edition
Fake Watch and Fake Watch Gold Edition
Apple experienced the legal wrath from luxury watch-makers and jewellers Cartier after they accused Apple of infringing on their trademark Tank watch brand. The apps in question, Fake Watch and Fake Watch Gold Edition apparently showed the current time on virtual watches that struck more than a startling resemblance to their iconic designs. Their time on the App store was short-lived as the lawsuit was quickly resolved with the apps in question removed from the iTunes Store.
Turning all your tweeting activity into street slang, Apple soon acted when people began to complain about the racist nature of the app. It was subsequently apps, leaving us wondering how Stephen Fry's Twitter would look if it was given the Ghetto tweetment.
Many a raunchy app has tried to enter the iTunes realms, but unfortunately iHottiez did not quite make the grade. Offering users access to dancing girls, steamy pics and private (ahem) shows, this sexy app offering was soon banned from the iTunes Store.
Pulled just three days after it arrived in the App Store, the Wikileaks app simply delivered the Twitter feed and from Julian Assange's whistle-blowing operation. Whether it was taken down to distance Apple from association with Wikileaks, the Cupertino company did not confirm. If anything, you can thank Apple for spending your money on a useless app.
Takwon Radiation Detector
Tawkon Radiation Detector
Analysing the amount of radiation given off by your iPhone at any location, after weeks waiting on an approval from Apple, the Tawkon Radiation Detector was denied a place on the App Store with Apple claiming that the diagnostic tool of this nature would create confusion with iPhone owners from a usability perspective.
The 'gay cure' app was yanked from the iTunes App Store after more than 150,000 people signed a petition to have it removed. The Exodus International app from the religious ministry of the same name offered users "freedom from homosexuality." It somehow managed to slip under the Apple radar, but once gay activists and the general public lambasted Apple for its existence, it soon disappeared.
Seattle's finest gothic punksters Aiden had their Knives app where content ranged from the profane to the religiously offensive, rejected by the Apple iTunes Store regulators. This sparked lead singer William Francis into an open letter tirade to Apple where all manner of expletives were voiced including, "To celebrate this great occasion, I'm going to visit your iTunes Music Store and download The Slim Shady LP; I really want to hear that song he sings about killing his wife and dumping her body in the ocean. Awesome!!!".
"On a plane, on the bus, in a theatre. Babies are everywhere you don't want them to be!" Quite how the Baby Shaker app got past the Apple regulators and on to the App Store is anyone's guess but after first appearing back in April, it lasted just three days after a number of blogs and review sites understandably drew attention to its rather distasteful nature.
Let's see, mmm, I wonder what this could be about? Some surely would have been entertained by an almost real-like lady's chest jiggling for your approval. So while iBoob got covered up, an ample replacement in Wobble suitably accommodated the void of the once jiggly wonder.
Nine Inch Nails Access
Nine Inch Nails Access
Riling up rock band Nine Inch Nails, Apple rejected their NIN Access owing to the fact that there was a song accessible through a link in the app which featured language that contained 'objectionable content'.
This led front man Trent Reznor to react with more than an ounce of outrage at Apple's decision to pull the app from the iTunes store, questioning their sense over the decision. An unchanged version was eventually submitted and finally approved following a vicious Twitter campaign to overturn the decision.
Providing us with the lyrical delights from of your favourite hits, it was the poetic words from those more familiar with the more explicit areas of the vocabulary that made Apple act on app Lyrics 1.0.1 when an Easter Egg enabled the profanity filter to be turned off. The app was initially rejected for failing to provide such a filter, yet still managed to work its way onto the Store.
A marketing strategy that went more than a little pear-shaped, this distastefully sounding app was no way representative of the content, but for not realising the inappropriateness of the name it was deservedly withdrawn.
The concept was actually to bring attention to controversial misuse of high frequency generators being played at high volume. The device is currently used to prevent such ASBO warranting behaviour as loitering, vandalism and general loutish behaviour.
Developers Inner Four took it upon themselves to remove the app which was replaced with the more suited title, "Teen hearing test".
No obscenity involved in this app that came against the anger of Apple. It was all in the name as Apple felt it was a little to similar sounding to their Podcasts on iTunes. Allowing users to download podcasts via Wi-Fi or EDGE, creator Alex Sokirynsky may have had the last laugh with the replacement.
Adding to the fact that this particular app of joy helped turn your iPhone into a ballistics computers suitable for being attached to an actual sniper rifle, someone also felt it was in good taste to release BulletFlight 1.0 on the day of Barack Obama's inauguration. Calculating the type of ammunition, the wind direction and speed the fully functional app was developed by Runaway Technology for Knight's Aramament who build the advanced weaponry for real.
Any chance of a builder's favourite inside page being available on your iPhone was swiftly denied when a newspaper browsing app was rejected after The Sun's titillating content was deemed wholly inappropriate.
The 59p Newspaper(s) app removed the Sun from its 50 best national and international papers because of the topless shots of buxom blondes and brunettes. Developer Makayama Media hopes that the release of the firmware version 3.0 with expanded parental control should enable the Sun and its top heavy lovelies to once again rear its busty self.
A man never far from a bout of controversy, it was perhaps no surprise that the rapper Eminem's 'Relapse' iPhone app game to tie in with the release of his new album was held back from its original release.
Rumoured to feature a tattooed up Eminem as an escaped patient, the game is said to take inspiration from his 3 A.M video which features a maniacal Eminem on the loose. The game is still scheduled for release but we imagine not before more than a few amendments.
This cocaine-sniffing sim has been nowhere near the family-friendly App Store but has been roaming around unofficially for iPhone users to sample in its powdery delights. Setting you back a whole five English pounds, as the website sums it up, "Be the envy of the in-crowd. Get ejected from nightclubs Shock and amaze your so-called friends. Get oral sex from Z-list celebrities." Nice.
I Am Rich
I Am Rich
What should have been pulled from the store for serving exactly no purpose what so ever, German developer Armn Heinrich's app that did nothing but float a red gem in the middle of the iPhone screen, and cost $999.99. In the greatest bout of absurdity, eight people actually forked out for it, which was clearly then time for Apple to step in and remove the nonsensical waste of cash.
We like to think that the fundamental idea behind apps is to help you carry out a routine duty with added ease, just as 21-year old German student Jonas Witt did when he devised an iPhone app that helped to navigate around the city's vast metro system.
Fahr-Info-Berlin downloaded over 20,000 times from the iTunes App store, was swiftly acted upon by the BVG (Berlin's transport company) once they had noticed its popularity. Witt decided to cut out the App Store middle man by announcing a new iPhone app that could be downloaded directly to the phone.
Swiftly removed after the involvement of the Israeli government, the Third Intifada app contained stories and articles that Apple deemed 'offensive.' The free application also contained links to websites that helped to organize recent violent clashes. Apple's response? "It violates the developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people". Yes, just a bit...