R-Rated Calculators…Only in the App Store.


What would you rate a calculator on the age-rating system in the iPhone/iPod Touch App Store? Does a calculator even NEED an age warning? Apparently, according to Apple it does…read on for details, and the absurd way this has been resolved…

PCalc, by TLA Systems, was given a 17+ rating by Apple. Why? Because when you type 5318008 and flip the calculator upside down, it spells (WARNING: NSFW, do not read on if you are easily offended)

BOOBIES (8008135)

So what’s the solution? Censor that number, of course! No one ever needs to know that 2659004*2=5318008! And why stop at that? They should also censor 7734 (HELL). I mean, come on here.

And having censored it, the app now has a 4+ rating.

I’m sorry…it’s just…there are no words left. I can’t even wrap my head around the insanity of the app store approval process on a normal day, and on days when the logic for ratings is based on a game of “Spell dirty words with your calculator” then it’s a whole new level of screwy.

I only really use my iPhone as an iPod Touch for various reasons that have nothing to do with the app store, but when I hear about stuff like this it just reinforces why I won’t be using it as my primary phone anytime soon. Do these kinds of antics affect your buying decisions? Do you think it’s justified to censor a calculator for having the same trick all calculators have had since 1976?

Via Macworld

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Carly has been a gadget fiend for a long time, going back to her first PDA (a Palm M100). She quickly went from researching what PDA to buy to following tech news closely and keeping up with the latest and greatest stuff. She loves writing about ebooks because they combine her two favorite activities; reading anything and everything, and talking about fun new tech toys. What could be better?