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Steve Jobs Says iPad Offers Freedom From Porn

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 86 comments

Over the weekend, Gawker's Ryan Tate emailed Steve Jobs to ask him just what is so revolutionary about the iPad. Steve's response? It's a device that offers freedom from porn, battery issues and programs that steal your private data.

It's becoming less and less unusual for Steve Jobs to personally reply to people who email him with questions regarding a product. However, it's still strange for him to reply multiple times, not to mention engage in a heated debate. Throw in the fact that the person messaging him writes for a publishing house that is currently tangled in a very public legal mess about the next generation iPhone and your chances of getting even one reply are pretty slim.

Ryan Tate, a blogger with Gawker Media has posted a thread of emails sent this past Friday. Tate emailed jobs questioning a claim made in an Apple ad that the device is 'a revolution.' A revolution is about freedom, Tate said. Jobs replied saying the iPad offers freedom from a number of things:

"Yep, freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin', and some traditional PC folk feel like their world is slipping away. It is."

Though the correspondence started out as a question about whether the iPad was a revolution, it quickly transformed into a debate about Apple's decision to omit Flash from the iPad and how that is affecting applications being developed for the tablet.

Tate does eventually divulge that he works for Gawker Media but that doesn't stop Steve from replying.

Check out the full thread below. I've also included Tate's notes on the emails in which he claims it was silly to bring up his wife and criticizes Jobs' "freedom from porn" statement as something that will haunt him.

  • There's something absurdly Orwellian about Jobs' line that the iPad provides "freedom from porn." It's a statement I suspect will haunt him.
  • My line about Flash and my MacBook Pro is silly; Flash as a Web plugin is, as I myself have written, a resource hog, no matter how well the miraculous battery in my Apple laptop handles that hoggery. There's no telling how Flash might hobble my iPad''s A4 processor. But cross-compiled Flash apps are an entirely different matter: They run as native Objective C code, and Apple has a chance to review them for performance. Apple has never tried to argue that cross-compiled Flash wears batteries down any more quickly than other Objective C code, and in fact approved more than two dozen such apps before changing its policies.
  • Speaking of regrettable lines: Why the heck did I bring up my wife in connection with "freedom from porn?" I was trying to say it's a canard that porn somehow harms families, or something terrible and shameful, so I mentioned the other half of my family.
  • I was a little unfair summarizing my contact with Time Inc.; the company has not "crowed" about its iPad bridge software, and in fact has plans to iteratively improve its iPad product. That line was based on email exchange that I had with a Time Inc. executive who was speaking off the record and not on behalf of the company. As such, I've blurred a name that I had no business dropping. But I do think, as I said, that a native Objective C app that merely contains magazine content, like Time's, is a lot less exciting than an app that has some real interactivity, even if it's been cross compiled from Flash.
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    Abrahm , May 17, 2010 11:36 PM
    Thanks Steve! It's great to see you are offering the same kinds of extra "freedoms" that the Chinese government gives to it's citizens! You are such a hero.
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    xxsk8er101xx , May 17, 2010 11:38 PM
    Steve Jobs has clearly shown what a lunatic he is if he expects the normal intelligent population (non apple fanboys) to believe that censoring and restricting provides freedom. That's the most retarded thing I've ever heard.

    Steve Jobs' aids is getting to his brain.
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    Lan , May 17, 2010 11:43 PM
    Even if it's not me, it's good to see that someone calls Steve Jobs out on his BS, though we all know he won't listen. :( 
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  • 44 Hide
    Abrahm , May 17, 2010 11:36 PM
    Thanks Steve! It's great to see you are offering the same kinds of extra "freedoms" that the Chinese government gives to it's citizens! You are such a hero.
  • 39 Hide
    xxsk8er101xx , May 17, 2010 11:38 PM
    Steve Jobs has clearly shown what a lunatic he is if he expects the normal intelligent population (non apple fanboys) to believe that censoring and restricting provides freedom. That's the most retarded thing I've ever heard.

    Steve Jobs' aids is getting to his brain.
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    mdillenbeck , May 17, 2010 11:41 PM
    I like how Jobs thinks - he'd make a great dictator... offering freedom from being an active and informed civic member (or "freedom from voting"). Macs also give us that wonderful "freedom from overwhelming choices" that cause so much agony to PC users.
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    jgalecio , May 17, 2010 11:41 PM
    Wow. I see hackers targeting iPad owners soon and Apple will have to release malware protection for it lol.
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    Lan , May 17, 2010 11:43 PM
    Even if it's not me, it's good to see that someone calls Steve Jobs out on his BS, though we all know he won't listen. :( 
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    Zenthar , May 17, 2010 11:43 PM
    In the end, I decide to use my freedom from iProducts ... too there is still no Zune HD here in Canada.
  • 20 Hide
    Zenthar , May 17, 2010 11:43 PM
    And the people who want freedom from porn are ...?
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    philologos , May 17, 2010 11:43 PM
    Okay, now I'm upset. When am I going to learn to simply not click on every Apple/Jobs news item on this site? Now I need to go meditate in a dark, quiet room.
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    quotes , May 17, 2010 11:51 PM
    Censorship of anything, at any time, in any place, on whatever pretense, has always been and will always be the last resort of the boob and the bigot.
    Eugene O'Neill
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    house70 , May 17, 2010 11:56 PM
    Nothing intelligent here from a guy that pretends to be intelligent - Jobs.
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    Anonymous , May 17, 2010 11:59 PM
    Stevie boy has become my source of humor over the last few months. I didn't think it was possible for one person to make so many ridiculous statements without being on some kind of reality altering drug.

    Come to think of it, that may be the answer. Stevie has the ability to live in this world but his mind must be in another reality. He can phase shift!
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    Sraigux , May 18, 2010 12:00 AM
    Steve jobs can force his morals on others because he already gets wicked head from all the apple fan girls. Apple sucks
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    thfan816 , May 18, 2010 12:01 AM
    I don't see how any apple products offer "freedom from porn" since all you have to do is open a web browser...
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    ravewulf , May 18, 2010 12:03 AM
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Theory_and_Practice_of_Oligarchical_Collectivism

    Apple, you have become what you said you would destroy. 1984 indeed has happened to Apple.

    Don't you touch my porn!!! It's mine!!
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    sudeshc , May 18, 2010 12:04 AM
    okay iPad is a good device in some sense or other but there is no point in keeping it confined in chains.
    Your are not providing any freedom instead as always you want your customers to be at your mercy...........
    look at Android i just love it how fun it is to developers and users thousands of great apps and i dont have to goto any google repository for them.
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    kinggraves , May 18, 2010 12:06 AM
    Apple will provide you freedom...from your paycheck.
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    jamoise , May 18, 2010 12:09 AM
    Wait.... Cant I browse websites with the Ipad? and, cant I view images on the ipad? so, whats stopping me from going to a porn website, or viewing porn images?? how exactly is making porn not available from the app store, stopping porn from making it onto the Ipad?
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    oncall , May 18, 2010 12:18 AM
    "Wait.... Cant I browse websites with the Ipad? and, cant I view images on the ipad?"

    Hush now. You're spoiling everyone's Apple-hating fun by pointing out the obvious.
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    omikron48 , May 18, 2010 12:29 AM
    jamoiseso, whats stopping me from going to a porn website, or viewing porn images??


    The soon-to-be-active Great Firewall of Jobs, that's what...

    The whole world should exile Jobs to North Korea, he and his propaganda would fit good right there.
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    builderbobftw , May 18, 2010 12:34 AM
    Thank Setve!

    Mate, For years I was wondering if I could buy a product with less features, slower hardware, for more moneny!

    When I walked into a apple store it was like a deep gaping hole in my was sealed!
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