Uh-oh... Has no-porn Apple built a sex-chat toy in iPhone 4?

Uh-oh... Has no-porn Apple built a sex-chat toy in iPhone 4?

Summary: Apple's no-porn soapbox may come crumbling down now that the device is being used to launch a new adults-only business that utilizes Apple's Facetime video chat feature for the iPhone 4

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There are a lot of potential uses for the Facetime video chat feature built into Apple's iPhone 4. Through the feature, participants can see each other's expressions, show off their new hair styles, give a friend a peek at a new piece of jewelry. An entrepreneur in the New York area has also come up with something else participants can show each other - and that entrepreneur is willing to give a free iPhone to women who are willing to show, um, well, pretty much anything to a client with a credit card. I'm sure this is not the sort of use that Steve Jobs had in mind for the iPhone 4. A craigslist ad, first reported on the Business Insider SAI blog, went up Sunday afternoon, advertising the new business and seeking employees. The ad itself wasn't crude and didn't contain any sort of revealing images that would get it booted off of craigslist. As if this morning, the ad was still live - and, from what I can tell, there's really nothing that Apple or anyone else can do to block the ad - or the business model. After all, Facetime isn't some third-party app available in the App Store. It's built into the device. Adult-oriented ads are littered across craigslist - so there's nothing new there. But it is sort of ironic that Steve Jobs - who said earlier this year that he has a "moral responsibility" to keep porn off the iPhone - created a device that is sparking a new sort business model for pornography, or adult services. What makes it more ironic is that Steve Jobs also said that "folks who want porn can buy an Android phone." Ouch. It's funny how words can sometimes come back to haunt you. It seems that folks who want live, real-time porn won't be able to use their Android devices to engage in these new services. They'll need an iPhone. Also see: Rachel King: Apple sells 1.7 million iPhone 4 devices

Topics: Hardware, Apple, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • RE: Uh-oh... Has no-porn Apple built a sex-chat toy in iPhone 4?

    Hah hah! Steve Jobs....IDIOT!
    br1252@...
    • RE: Uh-oh... Has no-porn Apple built a sex-chat toy in iPhone 4?

      @br1252@...

      Have to agree with that statement if he didn't see how the Facetime application could be used for sex chatting/streaming.
      Lerianis10
  • There is a lot Apple could do to stop it

    [i]from what I can tell, there?s really nothing that Apple or anyone else can do to block the ad - or the business model[/i]

    They could monitor all FaceTime calls to ensure that there is no hanky panky going on. I [b]DEMAND[/b] that Steve Jobs protects me from accidentally seeing a naked lady on my iPhone after I give her my credit card number.
    NonZealot
    • Nah...

      @NonZealot

      the government will be doing the monitoring here, they will just call it "fighting terrorism " or something like that ;)
      oncall
    • RE: Uh-oh... Has no-porn Apple built a sex-chat toy in iPhone 4?

      @NonZealot <br><br>I won't be surprise if they <strike>monitor</strike>...protect just <b>you</b>. We know you're a special case ;-)
      dave95.
  • Give anyone a camera, and they can start a porn business

    Apple just didn't want it in their app store. Woop-eee. There is a big difference between peddling porn directly from your store front, and people having the means.

    I guess if a woman doesn't care to have a picture of her cooter and tata's floating around on the underbelly of the web, well then more power to her.
    Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
  • So Jobs reconsidered his words, is anything wrong with that?

    Porn is and has always been at the forefront of tech innovation, everyone knows that.

    As the ultimate tech innovator of our times, Steve Jobs simply could not afford alienating such an important element of the tech innovation ecosystem.

    Jobs reconsidered and I'm glad he did so.
    OS Reload
    • RE: Uh-oh... Has no-porn Apple built a sex-chat toy in iPhone 4?

      @OS Reload

      I missed something... where did he "re-consider"?
      Badgered
      • Jobs provided the iPhone with the means necessary to conduct porn business

        @Badgered <br><br>Did he not?<br><br>Unless he really meant to say "<i>folks who want porn can buy an Android phone <b><ins>or an iPhone</ins></b></i>" I suppose his last decisions amount to a reconsideration of his original position.
        OS Reload
    • RE: Uh-oh... Has no-porn Apple built a sex-chat toy in iPhone 4?

      @OS Reload

      Jobs is the ultimate tech marketer of our times, not innovator.
      bburgess66
  • RE: Uh-oh... Has no-porn Apple built a sex-chat toy in iPhone 4?

    porn does not innovate.
    dspeers@...
    • Porn promotes tech innovation through early adoption and Apple benefits

      @dspeers@...

      It happened in the past and it happens now, only the beneficiaries change.

      If Jobs wants the benefits he must accept the association. The two come together, Jobs cannot pick only one.
      OS Reload
    • RE: Uh-oh... Has no-porn Apple built a sex-chat toy in iPhone 4?

      The porn industry has been credited with many of the tech breakthroughs of the internet. SSL encryption for credit cards is one example. As the following article points out there are both positives and negatives of porn but without it the internet would not be what we know today.

      http://www.pcworld.com/article/155745/thank_you_porn_12_ways_the_sex_trade_has_changed_the_web.html
      harld21
  • RE: Uh-oh... Has no-porn Apple built a sex-chat toy in iPhone 4?

    A bit of a stretch linking facetime to opening up the iphone to porn considering we can browse adult websites using safari and sext our friends all day long, with naughty pictures.... not to mention I can CALL people and talk dirty... all without any 3rd party apps! oohhh Steve is getting upset!

    I expect better formulated thoughts from a senior editor even if this is just a blog.
    frivolous
  • Reaching much?

    So some guy posts a craigslist ad recruiting for a new porn business, suddenly the iPhone 4 is porn central?? <br><br>Besides if this type of business takes off, it will be <b>private chat</b> between consenting adults. It's not like it's in the app store for everyone, every age to see, which Jobs is against. Apple is not crippling porn on Safari now, only from infesting the App Store.
    dave95.
  • I think Steve Jobs is not anti-porn per se...

    I think the porn angle is only for the App Store. As Apple is the arbiter and decider of what goes into the App Store, they don't want to deal with people complaining TO Apple why they allowed porn. And why is Apple the only arbiter and decider? Because of their business model, to be the monopoly provider of Apps and receiving 30%. Apple wants that all interactions with the iPhone: Ads, Apps, Music result in a cut for them. Porn? It is the business model.
    Roque Mocan
  • Last time I checked...

    Apple was allowing a bunch of Chatroulette clients on the App Store.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7XmmnlR0e0
    Joe_Raby
  • retarded

    the quality of posts by bloggers here at zdnet get lower every minute. even if they could, they don't even try to think it through any more. just a random word and apple in the headline and out it goes.

    but this one here is really retarded. do you also blame apple for not being able to block phone sex? they don't want and can't restrict what you say or show over your phone. why would they?

    steve jobs said only they don't want to SELL porn in their very own shop. that's it. is that really so hard to understand. do with your phone what you like, we only don't want to sell you dreck. that's all.

    the two topics are not even related.
    banned from zdnet
    • It is a race to the bottom of the dung pile...

      @banned from zdnet... Here at ZDNet, lately though it seems Sam Diaz gets there first.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
    • Yes apparently it is...

      @banned from zdnet

      "that's it. is that really so hard to understand. do with your phone what you like, we only don't want to sell you dreck. that's all."

      Really REALLY hard to understand. Or at least they pretend not to understand it, because it feeds certain members of their viewership.
      oncall