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Apple May Loosen Restrictions With iPhone 3.0 178

Posted by kdawson
from the minimallly-invasive dept.
mr100percent writes "Apple rejected the iPhone aggregator app Newspapers because of a topless photo in one of the app's subscribed-to papers. In the rejection message, Apple noted that Parental Controls have been announced for iPhone OS 3.0, adding that it 'would be appropriate to resubmit your application for review once this feature is available.' Rumor sites are speculating that Apple will relax their content restrictions once the 3.0 update puts parental controls in place. This may mean that apps like NIN will be allowed in the future."
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Apple May Loosen Restrictions With iPhone 3.0

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  • by thebigbadme (194140) on Wednesday May 06, 2009 @02:48AM (#27842577) Homepage

    you can only sync to one computer

    technically true, however, you don't have to sync your device with a computer in order to load music onto it. In fact, I've found that you only need to sync for pictures, and apps. I never sync music, not even from one computer, but I use 3 different computers regularly to load music onto my iTouch (the limitations in this area are the same between touch and phone) and have used 2 others as well with no problems.

    Just drag and drop inside of iTunes

  • by KibibyteBrain (1455987) on Wednesday May 06, 2009 @02:59AM (#27842629)
    I think the problem in this case is more of an objection to Apple censoring everyone's phone until they implement the parental controls being a valid stopgap measure.
  • by jabithew (1340853) on Wednesday May 06, 2009 @03:23AM (#27842759)

    one of the UK tabloids posted topless photos

    If by 'one of' you mean 'all of, every issue'. It's called Page 3 [wikipedia.org] and it's a national institution. The German papers [wikipedia.org] are worse.

  • by Phroggy (441) <slashdot3 AT phroggy DOT com> on Wednesday May 06, 2009 @03:26AM (#27842773) Homepage

    That's the English Standard Version [esv.org] (ESV).

  • by batkiwi (137781) on Wednesday May 06, 2009 @04:05AM (#27842947)

    How did this get a +5?
    The ENTIRE POINT OF THIS ARTICLE is that apple is adding the ability to allow or disallow adult apps in 3.0. The same as you can currently do with itunes.

  • Re:At Apples whim. (Score:3, Informative)

    by friendofthenite (1226310) on Wednesday May 06, 2009 @05:04AM (#27843175)
    I know Apple-hating always wins an applause around here, but your description of how things stand is a substantial (and deliberate) distortion. Apple acknowledged that approving Baby Shaker was a mistake, and quickly removed it from the store; Pocket God is only racist according to the most paranoid leftist point of view; shoot 'em ups are subject to the same rules of decency as any other app, and none of those available in the store seriously qualify as adult material. Third-party mail clients are banned for the very clear reason that Apple don't want programs in the app store that reproduce the iPhone's basic functions--you may not agree with the rule, but it isn't ambiguous or inconsistent as you describe.

    Apple have made some well-publicised errors in their approvals process, but any company starting a new service and processing that volume of material would have made mistakes. I suspect you simply object in principle to Apple supervising the content on the iPhone, which I know is a commonly held view; but it is an entirely reasonable policy for Apple to take, to avoid genuinely wanton or malicious programs being available on their device. For people who want an unregulated system, there are other phones and platforms available.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 06, 2009 @07:11AM (#27843595)

    The iPhone is a nice technology demonstrator

    Huh? It has a crappy camera without even a flash - worse than the phone I have replaced after having for 2 years.

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