Once again, following bad publicity, Apple has reversed a decision involving content for the iPad. Just in time for Bloomsday–today!–the annual celebration of James Joyce and his modernist masterpiece “Ulysses,” Apple announced that it was a mistake to demand changes in “Ulysses ‘Seen,’” an adaptation of the book for the iPad that began life as a web comic. To win approval from Apple, the creators had altered several panels that included nudity.
Apple this week also overturned a decision involving a graphic-novel adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest that introduced gay themes (or extrapolated from gay subtexts). To get the okay from Cupertino, the creators of that app placed opaque black boxes over images of two partly disrobed male characters kissing and fondling. After bloggers complained, Apple called that move, too, a mistake.