Naked breasts on iPad as Apple relaxes ban

Apple has backed down over an 'obscene' comic book version of James Joyce's novel Ulysses, and allowed it to go uncensored.

To Joyce fans all over the world, 16 June is Bloomsday – and today they'll have another reason to celebrate. Ulysses "Seen", a new comic book adaptation of the Irish author's masterpiece, is to be published on the iPad, free from Apple censorship.

As THINQ reported on Monday, the iPad maker initially demanded that the comic's publisher, Throwaway Horse, remove certain images before it would allow the ebook to go on sale in the company's App Store.

Today, Apple reversed its decision and allowed the pictures, which included a woman's naked breasts, to go uncensored.

Illustrator Robert Berry, the artist behind the book, said: "Apple's policy had been that app developers should not be permitted to use nudity in any of their images, even if it's pixellated or covered by 'fig leaves'. Our comic has a mature rating (no one under 17 understands Joyce's book anyway), but we were still not allowed to show frank nudity."

The publisher says that Apple now concedes its guidelines were "too rigid to allow for artistic growth".

"We made a mistake," Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller admitted to the Washington Post.

In future, Apple has promised to treat nudity and adult content on a "case-specific" basis.