If you have been following what's written on the Web about the iPhone and the AppStore, you know there has been a lot of (out)rage about Apple's "censorship" on iPhone Apps.
They rejected many Apps on the basis of being gross, violent, tasteless (fart apps anyone?) and who knows what. And people have been complaining that Apple should just open the floodgate and that the public would make a difference between Apple and the Developers.
Here's what happened today...
You might be familiar with the news that an iPhone app was allowed on the AppStore, then later pulled by Apple, which purpose was to silence a crying baby by shaking him violently (yeah, tasteless, stoopid etc.).
10' ago I was watching the news on one of France's national channels (France3) and they talked about it! OK, some families associations in the UK made a fuss about it so it made the news.
But then, here is how the "journalist" introduced the subject: "Apple has released an application that allowed people to silence a baby by shaking him violently".
Let's watch this is slo-mo: the way it is presented is that Apple MADE that application, then pulled it later on because people complained. But, wait, isn't Apple only providing the "shop"? Aren't people supposed to make a difference between the pipe and the dirty sewage waters going through it? Yes, in a perfect world.
So Apple had a 2'-long segment on National TV News about how they released a baby-shaking app. Great PR...
You can bet that Apple will continue to be as tight on their approval process as they can be.
Oh, by the way, did you know that, according to the same journalist, "Apple's online boutique has a billion different apps available"? Yeah, me neither...