We live in the age of smartphones and an increasingly connected world, where we can upgrade our handsets by simply downloading and installing software on them. The number of apps available today is incredible: the two app markets – Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store – have around 2 million apps covering just about everything you can do with a smartphone. Some of them are totally legit, some are dodgy…and some are a bit too much for people reviewing apps for compliance with the rules. Here are some of the most controversial ever banned from Apple’s App Store.
The mining calendar
One day it may be common for mobile apps to use a bit of the processing power of phones by mining cryptocurrency to unlock various features – today, in turn, it’s against the rules , although it would make it much easier to have a full-fledged app than to pay for it. This was the case with Calendar 2, a desktop app for Mac that allowed its users to unlock its premium features by allowing it to mine in the background. This wasn’t to Apple’s liking, it seems, as it not only banned the offending app from its Mac App Store, but it also banned all cryptocurrency mining apps. of all its platforms – iPhone and iPad included.
Cannabis is legal in two countries and several US states (others allow its medical use all over the world). The “Herb Converter” application was probably designed for use in these countries and territories, allowing its users to convert ounces to grams, among other things. Its users, it seems, weren’t too happy with it – they complained about its lack of accurate measurements and tutorials on how to ride. Apple didn’t seem impressed with the app’s shortcomings – it was turned off by the fact that it promoted cannabis, which is illegal in most countries around the world, so it removed it from the App Store for good.
Freedom of expression is protected by basic laws everywhere – unless it causes harm to others, of course. So if you speak your mind by throwing a shoe at a politician, it will probably be frowned upon. Even if you do it in a mobile app.
In 2008, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi expressed his displeasure with US President Bush by throwing his shoes at him. This incident turned into an app (because, of course, it did) but its form of expression was frowned upon by Apple: the company banned the app from its App Store shortly after its release. .
I am rich
This legendary app was clearly ridiculous: it only displayed its title message – and it cost $999.99. It was apparently a joke, which the Apple team didn’t take too well, considering they banned it after just a day… but not before it was bought by eight people.
Last but not least, let’s mention ‘Relapse’, the iPhone app that was reportedly released alongside Eminem’s 2009 album of the same name. Based on his ‘3 AM’ video, the game features Eminem walking through the streets with multiple weapons , indiscriminately killing all passers-by. The app, of course, wasn’t officially released – it was banned before you could say “Slim Shady.”