Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Apple disallows Jesus face app in iPhone

The success of Apple's one and only smartphone; the iPhone has been recognized with a given name by a certain circle in blogosphere: the Jesus phone, which sounds more cynical rather than praising it. The nickname itself actually to show the iPhone as the ultimate phone among the others, because it's gaining followers (read: users) faster than any other mobile platforms, considering iPhone was first introduced in 2007.

But funny enough, when Benjamin Kahle invented an app that allows users to put their faces within a religious figure (for an instance: Jesus), add a message and send via email or upload directly to Facebook; Apple disallows the so called "Me So Holy" app into App Store.

Apple pointed out the reason as in section 3.3.12 in the iPhone agreement states: "Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgment may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users."

In the end, Benjamin is left wondering on Apple's base to reject entry of his app: "You may be familiar with recent snafus over the baby shaker app and the rejection of the Nine Inch Nails apps. Our question is, is religion really to be placed in the same category as these violent apps?"

For a software developer who make fun religious themed app for iPhone, Benjamin gives a thought full of wisdom on his misfortune with Apple: "We feel that Apple is being too sensitive to its perceived user group and are disappointed that this otherwise creative, freethinking company would reject such a positive and fun application. The message to developers is that they should think inside the box, rather than outside it."

Sources are from Me So Holy website, via Wired's Gadget Lab.

* Editor's note: I understand this post contains religious topic which can be sensitive for some people; I apologize for any wrong use of words, names or unintentional jokes.

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