10 Silliest and Controversial Apple Apps Banned from iTunes
Owning the world famous apple iPhone is everyone’s dream. Apart from its catchy features, using apple apps is one of the most important reasons of owning iPhones. You can buy apps for anything at all, from losing weight to finding recipes or even for the prices of the latest cars. Apple has made our lives a hell of a lot easier than it was in the past. According to the last year’s statistics, apple offered more than 500,000 apps, out of which, iPhonies downloaded 100 million apps from the iTunes.
However, there are several apps that were banned from the apple store due to different reasons including sexually offensive, political concerns, and too partisan. Stick around to know the ten ridiculous iPhones apps that were shut down.
1. Beauty Meter
Reason: Sexually Offensive
This app was released for fun where users could upload their pictures for reviews and feedback from other app users. The critiques were given on face, body, or clothes. The person uploading the picture was rewarded from 1 to 5 stars, depending on how good or bad the picture was. It went fine in the beginning, but when a nude picture of a 15-year-old girl was spotted with 5,000 rates, Apple closed this app forever.
Reason: Sexually Offensive
The most pathetic app Apple has ever introduced was iBoobs where women used to upload pictures of their breasts that were rated according to their gravity, mass, spring, firm, and back. It created havoc in many countries since it was easily accessible for the teenage girls, too. It couldn’t last long and was banned for promoting the sexual trend.
3. I am Rich
Some people dream to be rich while others desire only to appear rich. This app did nothing except showing a radiant red diamond on the phone’s screen that looked real. The app was worth $999.9 and don’t be surprised that eight people (six from the United States and two from Europe) actually bought this expensive ploy, dividing the money into $5,600 for the app developer and the remaining for Apple.
4. Me So Holy
Reason: Religious Concerns
The religious groups around the world came down hard on Apple with the release of this app. For me it was stupid of Apple, to be honest! What’s stupider than putting your head on the holy figures of different religions? It wasn’t fun of course and enraged almost all the religious groups because it mocked them all. Soon after the harsh criticism, Apple accepted it as objectionable content and banned it.
5. Herb Converter
It made the weed-takers and dealers to calculate every ounce of weed and convert them into grams. It helped sellers in their business dealings and consumers to know the amount they are consuming. The actual reason of banning was the unavailability of important features such as marijuana availability and prices. It could be improved, but Apple decided to ban it after the frequent complaints of stoners.
6. Prohibition: Dope War 2
All the oldies must know about the 1980s game, Drug Wars. This app was actually a modern version of that game and it was fun to play, too. Once downloaded, the user had to collect as much money as possible within 30 days through narcotics dealings. Apple realized after its launch that the title was too blunt to release in the market, and replaced the name with Candy Wars where the drug was substituted with candies.
This app was harmless and inoffensive, but what happened after its release took everyone’s breath away. The featured photo of this app was a knife and it actually played this crazy theme when users mimicked the stabbing action with their phones. The app was quickly shut down by Apple when some kids were found stabbing in U.K. Yeah, it seems crazy, but I bet you would end up doing the same if you had used this app.
8. Obama Trampoline
Reason: Politician’s Defamation
Even though this app was nasty, it was cool to play around. The user was allowed to choose one politician out of the 18 given. It also featured the bottomless caricature of Bill Clinton that was pretty much offensive. The user had to bounce him/her off the Oval Office (trampoline). The target was to pop the balloons floating in the Oval Office with the head of the figure chosen. The app was blocked by Apple, given the reason of public figure’s defamation.
Reason: Sexually Offensive
It’s actually sad to know Apple has launched a number of sexual apps in the past. There also came a point when people started criticizing Apple for this reason, and the release of app Puff was one of those times. It featured a beautiful Japanese girl and the user could actually peek into her skirts by blowing into the microphone. The same could be done by swiping the screen rapidly. If you blew harder, the girl could shriek, too.
10. Baby Shaker
Reason: Infanticide Promotion
It was a nasty idea to stop the baby on screen from crying by rigorously shaking your phone until the two prominent red marks appear on eyes. It could harm the phone and the child protection groups showed severe anger and expressed extreme disapproval over the release of this app. It didn’t take long for Apple to throw this app into the waste bin.
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