Playboy to Bare All on iPad

David Dahlquist
20 January, 2011
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Don’t look now, but adult magazine Playboy is coming to the iPad in March—and it won’t be censored. The magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner, tweeted the news Wednesday morning, adding that the entire back catalogue will also be available uncensored.

Though the App Store guidelines prohibit pornographic material, Playboy has maintained an official app in the App Store with censored content. However, some have theorized that the company could bypass Apple’s restrictions by giving users access to issues over the Web via Mobile Safari. According to Hugh Hefner’s tweets and comments that Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey provided to Computerworld, the company plans to do just that.

For those hoping that Apple has softened its contentious App Store policies regarding adult content, please remain seated. To work around Apple’s rules, Playboy will offer a Web-based subscription service in March that will give users access to every issue ever published. Readers will access issues through Mobile Safari on the device, rather than an app from the App Store. The company is using Bondi Digital Publishing, which has previously digitized the archives of Playboy and Rolling Stone for digital distribution.

There’s no information yet on pricing for the iPad-compatible Playboy, but it will likely be similar to the online edition, which currently costs $8 per month when billed annually and $20 when billed monthly.

A Tweet from the Hef


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  1. Peter T. says:

    “Playboy confirmed that it’s releasing a Web-based subscription service that would give users access to every issue of Playboy past and present.

    This service would be compatible with the iPad and use some of the iPad’s features.

    But the magazine added it’s planning to release a non-nude version of a Playboy-branded iPad app in the coming months that would adhere to all of Apple’s policies and guidelines.”

    This is allegedly what the media release said.

  2. Dan says:

    Vibrating motor now has meaning.

  3. AMW staff says:

    Good point Peter – we’re wondering what the workaround will be. There was some indication that the uncensored version would use Safari for the naughty stuff, which wouldn’t really be an app.

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