April 23, 2009
Seattle, Washington (The Weekly Vice) -- When Apple Inc. says "There's an app for that", it's referring to the slew of new applications that have been released for it's product, the Apple iPhone. Want to silence a baby by shaking it to death? There's apparently an app for that too.
Amid a firestorm of criticism, Apple Inc. removed it's "Baby Shaker" program from the iPhone App Store Wednesday. An apology was then issued by the company on Thursday.
The game, developed by software company Sikalosoft, features a fussy baby that seems bent on annoying it's owner with ongoing cries. When the phone is sufficiently shaken, the crying stops and the baby's eyes are covered with two red X's.
The Apple iTunes website included the following description:
"See how long you can endure his or her adorable cries before you just have to find a way to quiet the baby down!"
Outrage ensued shortly after the software's release. The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation both condemned Apple for approving the software for sale.
Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris confirmed the game's approval for sale, but confirmed that it had been removed on Wednesday. No comment was given as to why it was approved or how many times it had been downloaded by users before it's removal.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
I've always remained an ardent Apple fan, even during Apple's dark ages in the 90's. A 20 year old Apple Macintosh SE was my first Apple product - and it still works.
Seeing applications like this even considered, let alone approved, is nothing short of asinine. We hope Apple reconsiders the job of the department head who thought this might be "fun" or "entertaining."
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