Well, Apple’s done it again. The company has censored yet another app from its precious App Store, this time because it contained “objectionable” words. The app in question: a dictionary.
Apple’s app nazis seemingly felt legit English words had no place in the dictionary program, called Ninjawords, so they told its developers to get the gosh-darn heck out of there. (Hopefully that language isn’t too strong for Apple’s moral code. I wouldn’t want to offend anyone.) Non-PG words in a dictionary — a horrendous idea, I know.
This is far from the first time Apple has irritated iPhone customers with a questionable decision; in fact, we’re starting to lose count. But five big themes seem to pop up time and time again. Do any of these ring a bell?
People may be putting up with the closed system, but plenty of them aren’t too pleased about it. Even Cap’n Crunch himself caved and kicked his iPhone to the curb last week. Will others start to follow suit?
Getting the hot new iPhone always comes with some hot new deal — unless, that is, you’re already a loyal iPhone customer. When the iPhone 3G S (or iPhone 3GS, depending on whom you ask) was pushed into the world this past summer, Apple flaunted its buyer-friendly prices: $199 for 16GB, or $299 for 32GB. The problem, of course, was that if you already owned an old iPhone, you were out of luck: Those prices applied only for new and “upgrade-eligible” customers. Existing iPhone 3G owners had to shell out an extra $200 to get the same gadget.