updated 10:50 am EDT, Mon May 25, 2009
Eucalyptus app wins
Apple has once again overturned one of its decisions on approving an iPhone app, the developer of Eucalyptus says. The software is an e-book reader with an emphasis on physicality, mimicking the experience of turning a real page in addition to providing more print-like fonts. The fonts can be resized through pinching commands, which preserve proper formatting.
Eucalyptus was initially rejected however as a result of access to Project Gutenberg, a service which offers free books in the public domain, such as titles by Charles Dickens and the Baron d'Holbach. Among the other books available is the Kama Sutra, which an Apple employee identified as having "inappropriate sexual content." The work is centuries old, though, and one of India's most famous pieces of religious writing.
Apple has changed its mind on a number of "offensive" apps in recent weeks, for instance approving the submissions of Tweetie 1.3 and NIN Access 1.0.3. Still banned is Me So Holy, an app which let users insert their own photo into a painting of Jesus. It is believed that Apple may use future ratings on apps to permit the sale of controversial titles, without engendering developer frustration.