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Playboy Hits the iPad, Sans Nudity

playboy08112010.pngPlayboy, the magazine famous for its photos of naked women, has launched an app for the iPad, with the same Apple-imposed iTunes restrictions (no nudity!) that govern its iPhone app.

minOnline reports:

The $4.99 Playboy HD downloadable digital version of the magazine for Apple’s Tablet gives you much but not all of the current August issue in a format customized for iPad swiping. Those who always read the magazine ‘just for the articles’ may be enthused (albeit put off by the price point), but anyone looking for gatefolds and skin will be grousing about it in the iTunes review section.

“Gatefolds of skin”? Sounds worse than it is. Let’s move on.

Although there’s no nudity in the Playboy app, there are photos of clothed playmates, there are plenty of articles, and there’s even a video Q&A with the Playmate of the Month. minOnline doesn’t think Playboy has delivered its full potential to the iPad:

Given the amount of video assets, lush imagery, musical history, cartooning and legacy at its disposal, there has to be a great Playboy app waiting to be made. Our guess is that Playboy even could get away with a non-nude version to satisfy Apple’s prudish ways. But they would need to over-deliver their other strengths — which are there but not on show in this app.

For more on Playboy, check out mediabistro.com’s Q&A with its founder, “So What Do You Do, Hugh Hefner?

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