Apple Resurrecting Explicit Content for iPad's Sake?
Since rampant speculation emerged that Apple is planning to add an explicit category in iTunes for software titles, many have wondered if Cupertino was motivated to proceed with such plans as a result of the negative backlash to the recent removal of 5,000 apps deemed "inappropriate" for Apple's perpetually changing policies.
Rather than a genuine endeavor to patch up relationships with developers, however, it's much more likely that Apple doesn't want any content shackles placed on the forthcoming iPad. The mad dash for hot new content began when Apple recently put out the clarion call to devs to submit their best apps by March 27th in order to possibly be included among the first wave of apps when the iPad App Store officially opens. Some have suggested that Apple received so many "inappropriate" app submissions that it became apparent that the creation of an advanced "parental control system" would be preferable to simply rejecting all the questionable content.
Few have ventured to say it publicly, but the iPad will likely be used by many to view and enjoy less than what Apple would designate to be family-friendly content. To accommodate the obvious demand for more risque content, Apple is allegedly moving forward with the MPAA-modeled system of content classifications: From "G" to "R" and TV-Y to TV-MA.
Until Apple illustrates exactly how the re-introduction of "explicit" content is going to work, there will naturally be concerns from some hoping to safeguard the iPad from being a safe-haven for smut and other content that "cheapens" the sophistication of the tablet right along with Apple's reputation. Of course, while everyone is getting bent out of shape about the possible resurrection of explicit content, Apple's filtering process remains in full. And what the company ultimately deems to be "mature" may only be "PG-13" to most others.