Playboy dodges Apple smut ban with web service

Veteran peddler of girlie mags Playboy has sidestepped Apple's 'no-sex-please-we're-prudish' app approval policy by offering a tablet-friendly web portal containing every page from the publication's 57-year history.

Hugh Hefner's iconic magazine has been immortalised in a browser-based service cheekily dubbed iPlayboy, which includes every single page of every issue from the last six decades - including all those fabtastic retro adverts.

In an attempt to swell flaccid newsstand sales, the Chicago-based media outfit will offer current issues, as well as the entire back catalogue, for $8 a month or $60 a year to nostalgic soft porn fans.

Anyone over the age of 30, who hankers after the days when a woman's nether regions didn't look like a freshly plucked chicken, should be pleased by the move.

Those of you of a fresher disposition should know that Playboy was famous for its editorial excellence as well as its nudie pictorials, with many punters throughout the publication's history claiming that they "only bought it for the articles".

Playboy is also well known for persuading major celebrities to lose their clobber and has featured naked (or near-naked) spreads of Marilyn Monroe, Kim Basinger, LaToya Jackson, Farah Fawcett and most of the cast of Baywatch.