Earlier today, curious news swept the Web. According to a tweet from Playboy boss Hugh Hefner, the popular men’s magazine will soon land on the iPad — uncensored. The automatic assumption was that Hef was talking about a forthcoming uncensored new version of the Playboy app, which would of course contradict Apple’s current policy against adult content in the App Store. Is Tim Cook already running amok in CEO Steve Jobs’ absence? Not at all. It turns out that Playboy is working on an uncensored Web-based subscription version of its site that will be designed for the iPad’s mobile Safari browser. The Playboy app available in the App Store, however, will remain as censored as ever. In the immortal words of one Steven Paul Jobs: “Folks who want porn can buy [an] Android phone.” More →
According to Mr. Hugh Hefner’s Twitter account, his company’s iconic Playboy magazine will be coming to Apple’s iPad, beginning in March, uncensored. Since the launch of the iPhone, Apple has been fairly strict in keeping adult materal off of its digital content store. The two tweets we’re referencing read:
Big news! Playboy–both old & new–will be available on iPad beginning in March.
and in a reply to a follower’s question:
@hughmcook Playboy on iPad will be uncensored, Hugh.
This is not the magazine’s first attempt to take advantage of the digital lifestyle consumers are embracing. Several months ago, Playboy began selling an external hard drive, priced at around $300, that contained a complete digital catalog of all Playboy publications from 1953 to 2010. Any gentlemen out there plan on subscribing to the iPad version of Playboy for… you know… the articles? More →