Jewish Journal

Make-me-Jesus app too much for Apple

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 12, 2009 | 12:19 pm

Me So Holy iPhone App from Benjamin Margolis on Vimeo.

Apple, the maker of the iPhone, has rejected an application called Me So Holy, which allows users to drop their mug into a cutout portrait of various religious figures. (Watch the Jesus transformation in the above video.) The news from Wired’s Gadget Lab:

Apple rejected the app, saying it “contains objectionable material,” according to Me So Holy developer Benjamin Kahle.

“Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users,” the iPhone SDK agreement states.

Apple may be tightening its restrictions on its iPhone App Store after it approved an iPhone app called Baby Shaker, a game whose objective was to shake a baby to death. Amid parental outrage, Apple subsequently removed the app, saying its approval was a mistake.

Though tremendously successful, Apple’s iPhone App Store has been the victim of heavy scrutiny. Other than being criticized for approving questionable apps such as Baby Shaker, some developers have slammed Apple for being unclear about its App Store approval process.

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