The App Store banned apps for almost everything a smartphone can accomplish. Apple limits what developers may provide the public. Jobs deletes offenders without ceremony. App Store banned 1.6 million applications and upgrades in 2021. Here are 11 prohibited iPhone applications.
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Dogwars was an app where users fed and trained virtual canines to battle against other players’. Unsurprisingly, animal rights advocates were outraged by the app. Therefore, after a Change.org petition; Google Play Store and Apple App Store banned Dogwars.
The only way to stop this app from showing a sobbing baby was to shake the iPhone.
Two scarlet ‘X’s’ appeared over the baby’s eyes. Child protection groups disliked Baby Shaker.
Molleindustria’s games tackle world concerns utilising traditional gaming principles. Apple didn’t like the satirical 2011 title “Phone Story.” “Phone Story” showed the human cost of that amazing little device through a quartet of mini-games. Players faced child labour used to harvest coltan in Africa, horrific working conditions pushing phone assemblers to suicide in China, and more. Apple pulled the game amid a wave of negative press. “Objectionable or crass content” is a weak argument. $1.99 on Google Play.
Based on Eminem’s ‘3 am’ music video, the app showed him walking violently. Eminem wanted to release the app with ‘Relapse’ The ‘Relapse’ app was finally App Store banned.
I Am Rich
Armin Heinrich’s “I Am Rich” was a basic flex programmatically. When booted, it flashed a bright red diamond that, when tapped, presented a riches and success motto. Okay, right? Twist: It cost $999.98. The software was meant to prove that you may waste a G on something pointless. Apple pulled it without explanation the day after it was launched.
Sexy Bikini Fart
The iPhone had fart sound apps since computers could create white noise, so it’s hardly unexpected. “Sexy Bikini Fart” was so obscene that it was prohibited. Apple deleted iBikini when it featured 18 bikini models and flatulent noises.
The “Slash” app’s creators may not have given it enough thought. When the accelerometer detected a “rapid stabbing action,” it displayed a picture of a knife and played the Psycho theme by Bernard Herrmann. The software was innocent, but its release after a spate of knife crimes in the UK didn’t go down well, and it was removed after just a few days.
Herb Converter made cannabis traffickers happy. App quickly converted fractions and ounces to grammes. Those who sought cannabis may check costs and availability. Finally, Apple removed it from the App Store.
Apple banning a popular game? Probably. In 2020, two giants clashed before Fortnite season 4. Money was the issue. Apple levies a 30% royalty on applications and in-app purchases, and Fortnite generates a lot of money from battle passes. Epic uploaded a version with its own purchase choices and reduced prices to avoid Apple’s payment processor or convince the firm to take less of a share. Apple cancelled the app, leaving mobile gamers without Victory Royale and launching a slew of lawsuits.
Remember throwing a shoe at George W. Bush? ‘My Shoe’ let consumers accomplish that digitally. Soon, Apple withdrew the app.
Apple wants your iPhone to be an escape from the real world, sans unwanted memories. Josh Begley published Metadata+ to call attention to US acts of violence by providing push notifications anytime a drone attack was launched in Pakistan, Somalia, or Yemen. It didn’t survive long (even though Apple authorised it after multiple earlier denials and a name change from Drones+). Apple’s claimed reason was “crude or unpleasant content,” although the drone strikes are bad, not publicising them. It resurfaced in 2017, but didn’t survive a day.