Just another reason to get an iPad.
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 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.
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Steve Jobs once said very clearly that he doesn’t intend to allow porn on the iOS platform. Allowing full frontal nudity on the iPad would definitely blur the line between innocuous adult entertainment and pornography; we’ll have to wait and see how Apple feels about Playboy’s plans.
When you’re as big as Playboy, you can try to persuade Apple to place additional measures of protecting minors from accessing adult material, and it’s quite possible that we’ll see something along these lines in March. Such a move by Apple would open a Pandora’s () box of questions: would Apple allow other adult apps and magazines on the iOS platform under the same rules? How far would it go in terms of nudity and adult content?
What do you think, should content such as Playboy be allowed on the iOS platform? As always, share your opinions in the comments.