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Steve: “Folks Who Want Porn Can Buy An Android”

What a great way to wake up: check the news and find out that El Jobso has replied to another customer mail, this time about…control and porn on the iPhone. As you can guess, the reply is quite important and noteworthy.

TechCrunch reports that Matthew, iPhone user, emailed Steve and asked him to put the “porn apps” back into the store, then allow parents to filter them for their kids. His response? If you want porn, buy an Android.

Seriously, here’s the conversation:

“Steve,

I was converted to Apple products with the announcement of the iPhone 3G. (My friends have been trying to convince me for years.) Since then I’ve purchased 4 iPhones, 2 computers, several routers, and miscellaneous other items. Unfortunately, I’m really starting to have a philosophical issue with your company. It appears that more and more Apple is determining for it’s consumers what content they should be able to receive. For instance, the blocking of Mark Fiore’s comic app (due to being political satire) or blocking of what Apple considers to be porn.

I’m all for keeping porn out of kids hands. Heck – I’m all for ensuring that I don’t have to see it unless I want to. But… that’s what parental controls are for. Put these types of apps into categories and allow them to be blocked by their parents should they want to.

Apple’s role isn’t moral police – Apple’s role is to design and produce really cool gadgets that do what the consumer wants them to do.

Thanks for listening

Matthew”

Steve’s reply:

“Fiore’s app will be in the store shortly. That was a mistake. However, we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy and Android phone.”

While this is a little bit funny, I think we should focus on the main point: Steve has just taken another stab at Android by depicting it as the platform where you can have porn. If you have porn, buy an Android. And the war continues.

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