Adult content may at last heading to the iPad. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who recently asserted new control by offering to buy out the company’s remaining shareholders, has stated that uncensored versions of the magazine will be available on the device starting this March.
Hefner, who will turn 85 in April, shared the news late yesterday on Twitter. You can see his first tweet on the subject below.
Later, Hefner added, "The IPad Version of Playboy will include the whole magazine from the first issue to the latest."
He also stated in response to a question that uncensored versions of the magazine are what will appear.
This would appear to be in violation of previously stated App Store rules and policies. Steve Jobs himself has even said that he wants the iPad to remain free of porn.
It remains to be seen whether this represents a one-time exception to Apple’s rules or a new approach to adult content, then. But either way – assuming Hefner wasn’t somehow misinformed – this will constitute a major change.
Keep an eye out for the additional details which are sure to surface in the days and weeks ahead.
UPDATE: A Playboy spokesperson clarified, "We are releasing a web-based subscription service with Bondi Digital Publishing that will give users access to every issue of Playboy both past and present. The service will be iPad compatible and will utilize iPad functions.
"We also have plans to release a non-nude version of a Playboy-branded iPad app in the coming months that adheres to all of Apple’s policies and guidelines."