Swimsuit edition

Why Apple purged 6,000 sexy apps

February 23, 2010: 6:28 AM ET

Cleaning up the App Store in advance of the iPad's release

Source: AppShopper.com

After four days of confusion and adolescent hand-wringing, Apple (AAPL) finally spoke out about the change of policy that has removed thousands of risqué applications from its iPhone App Store.

The response came in an interview that senior vice president Phil Schiller gave Jenna Wortham of the New York Times.

Over the last few weeks, he told Wortham, a small number of developers had been submitting "an increasing number of apps containing very objectionable content."

"It came to the point where we were getting customer complaints from women who found the content getting too degrading and objectionable, as well as parents who were upset with what their kids were able to see," Mr. Schiller said.

The extent of the purge can be seen in a bar graph produced by AppShopper.com, which tracks the number of applications added and removed from the store each day. It shows Apple withdrawing more than 6,000 apps over the space of four days, including nearly 4,000 apps last Thursday alone.

"At the end of the day, Apple has a brand to maintain," Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, told the Times. "And the bottom line is they want that image to be squeaky clean."


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