19 January 2011

Always Invest in Freedom

The entire back catalog as well as new issues of Playboy magazine will become available on the iPad in March 2011, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner revealed via Twitter.
Furthermore, Hefner confirmed on Twitter that Playboy will be coming to iPad in its uncensored form, which makes sense, as we doubt many would be ready to pay for a watered-down version of the magazine.
However, Apple is notorious for its strict policy of not allowing adult content on the iOS platform (Playboy‘s official iPhone app, for example, has no full frontal nudity), which makes us wonder how exactly Hefner and Playboy plan to pull this off.

Frankly, I doubt that Playboy makes it.  My bet is that by making it public, they are actually trying to force Apple to acquiesce to consumer demand.  If this is the case, the plan should backfire, since potential porn apps were never really a reason for Apple fanboys to buy an iOS device.

This is one of the few areas where I applaud Apple’s closed system.  However, this is also one reason I won’t invest in them.  As sick as it sounds, porn is the deciding factor in determining which technologies make it big.  Apple’s anti-porn stance, while noble, is bad for business, especially since the Android platform has no such restrictions, putting Apple at a disadvantage.

I know, in a perfectly moral world, this wouldn’t be an issue, and Apple would succeed (or fail) on its own merits.  But it isn’t a perfect world, and what’s good for the kids isn’t always good for business.  Of course, the issue of porn aside, a general rule of thumb is that the more open a system, the more likely it is to succeed.

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