Did Apple reverse its stance on nudity for Playboy? (update: No, it didn't)

Summary:So, Steve Jobs goes on medical leave and Apple begins allowing nudity into the App Store? Does Steve know about this?

Hugh Hefner tweeted that full uncensored issues of Playboy magazine will become available on the iPad in March.

Wait, what?!

Sure, Playboy already has a $0.99 iPhone app in the App Store, but it contains no nudity. The Hef tweeted the news:

...and went on to tweet:

So, Steve Jobs goes on medical leave and Apple begins allowing nudity into the App Store? Does Steve know about this?

Engadget confirms that the iPad app will include the magazine contents in all its glory.:

From its very first issue in 1953 to its latest incarnation, the full catalog of Playboy Magazine is coming to the iPad this March. And not only that, it'll be faithful to its original form by arriving to your Apple slate uncensored.

I suspect that the timing of the Playboy for iPad launch has something to do with the new subscription billing API that Apple is developing for newspapers and magazine publishers. With it you'll be able to "subscribe" to a given publication from the iPad app and a pre-set amount will be automatically charged to your iTunes account at a daily/weekly or monthly interval. News Corp's The Daily is believed to be the first app to use the new plumbing.

But forget about all that for a second, what's up with the nudity? Is this an official change in policy by Apple? For now, no one's talking...

Update: I changed the "porn" references because "nudity" more accurately describes the content of Playboy.

Tip: MacRumors

Update 2011-0120: Playboy uncensored won't be a native app any time soon. Turns out it's only creating a new "Web-based subscription service" that'll be "iPad-compatible," according to Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey. Hef should be ashamed, if such a thing is possible.

My favorite line about the obvious publicity stunt goes to PC World's JR Raphael:

So yes, it appears Apple's App Store will, in fact, remain porn-free. Good thing, too: Otherwise, it might have become incredibly easy for people to find photos of naked ladies on those Internet-enabled devices.

Or, as Steve famously said: "Folks who want porn can buy and (sic) Android phone."

"Consider the source" indeed.

Topics: Apple

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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