New iOS purchase history brings all your porn home to roost?

App Store porn

Announced during the WWDC 2011 keynote and already available on all iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads running iOS 4.3.3, purchase history lets you go into the App Store and easily re-download all your previous apps, including your porn adult apps, and where by "you" it also means your significant other, kids, or anyone else on your iTunes account.

Yeah. Um. Awkward.

Of course Apple doesn't allow real porn or even nudity on the App Store, but there's an endless amount of "adult" apps with titles you may not want anyone else to know you ever downloaded, and aren't prepared to make excuses for. "I was drunk." "The app meant nothing to me." "I came from Android, dagnabit!"

Should Apple offer a "permanently delete" option, where apps are removed from your iCloud locker? Even if it means you'd have to buy them again if you really wanted to re-download them?

[Thanks -- and sorry! -- Michael!]

Rene Ritchie

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Chainmail311 says:

I had a friend grab my phone right after I downloaded an app, and he downloaded "Gay news" or something. Yes, I would love a permanent delete option.

yankle says:

LOL are u in denial chainmail? :p

Chris says:

So you have gay friends?

Andrew Holybee says:

i vote for the permanent delete just to get rid of junk apps i dont wanna scrool through

DubbDee says:

Yes, I don't want to scroll through everything that downloaded and only used once and deleted.

yankle says:

apple please!!! i have kids using my phone :-( they might see - FOR THE KIDS STEVE JOBS!!!!

Child Services says:

It is your responsibility to not be a fail parent. I am surprised no one called Child Services on you

CoolerThanUPal says:

Child services? For allowing kids to use the phone, even if those apps are deleted? You're a prick, sorry just being honest.

Robbhii says:

hahahaha i died laughing, but it would suck to be in that position

mikelite says:

It is amazing how many non-stories you guys can drum up. I get the request for a permanent delete button, but using embarrassing porn to barely make your point? Amateur hour.

csimpkins says:

Seriously. If your kid/significant other has access to your device, then you probably shouldn't be downloading things you don't want them to find, regardless of whether the icon is on your dashboard or it shows up in your purchase history.
The real issue here isn't about porn. It's about whether you want certain apps attached to your account, even after you delete them, for WHATEVER reason.

Vividvn says:

You must be The head of episcopal church of holy saints...

Robert Scoble says:

Why are you horndogs so defensive? I smell guilty consciences...

Michael Olsen says:

If you don't like it, I'm sure Engadget has a place for you in their comments.

Pål Andreassen says:

Not so much pron here, but I'd like an option to only show "payed" apps, not all the free crapware I try out all the time. The few app's I've purchased are drowned in between free apps.

Greg Braddock says:

can i just say how happy i am tipb is using disqus?!

Mustdelete says:

Yes yes yes. A remove needs to exist. Can you call them and have them remove an app??

Jgquay says:

I called apple. They said it is not possible to delete an unwanted app. I suggest that you log off the iTunes store on your iPhone.

Chris says:

You actully called Apple? LOL

Benebdon says:

Serious breach of privacy. Worse than location tracking.

Chris says:

Re-downloading an app you bought back in 2008 is a breach of privicy?

tuscanidream says:

Don't let your kids use your phone then. Won't it prompt you for a password anyways?!

Nicholas Heilweil says:

I actually find it's an advantage to see what apps my kids are putting on their iPods. It's less my embarrassment for me (I don't need bikini apps or porn name generator apps) and more embarrassment for them. Now that they know I see the whole app list, maybe they will make better decisions. I vote "no" for the permanent delete :-)

iMore-On says:

Glad to see real fathers here.

Chris says:

What about removing the 500 or so Fart apps? Because those 500 are like the 195,000 android apps.

Airforce34 says:

if steve didn't come up with it. he would call it dumb idea, even though it makes sense to everyone he's a cynical individual.

Guacho says:

Wow Rene, that's a big adult apps you got there uhh ??? =)

KP1877 says:

It busted my teenage son. We share an iTunes account, I have an iPhone and iPad and he has a touch. Now MY history is filled with vulgar apps I do not wish to look at, and he was busted and embarrassed. He also lost his Internet privileges. I hope apple implements a delete option.

Chris says:

You should, you know be a parent

mad0wl says:

This isn't a story. Just an admission of your porn addiction. If you have a wife then maybe you should be more open with her and talk about your problems and desires. Honestly this is the lamest iphone story I've read so far. You need to get your blogging rights taken away. Oh NO! apple doesn't provide a way for me to hide my deviant behavior from my loved ones!!!!!!!

Beefalo says:

Or maybe, to take a page from Microsoft shudder, the ability to hide apps (updates), and then, if necessary, restore hidden apps, then revise what's hidden again.

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Matthew says:

I think this does raise a good point. I opened the App Store on my iPhone and saw all sorts of things I'd deleted because they were garbage. It is a pain to sift through them to find the one thing I actually wanted to re-download. Oh well, I will continue to manage Apps through iTunes. I keep stuff on my phone that I know I like and use a lot. I delete permanently stuff that's true garbage. But I save a bunch of stuff on my computer that I might want to put back on my phone at some point in the future. I'll keep using that method because having to sift through everything I've ever downloaded is not the best...

CrzyP says:

First, I think only paid apps should appear in the history or be separated at a minimum. I download so many free apps just to try them out which made my app history super cluttered. Because it's so cluttered with apps I'll never use again, yes, I should be able to permanently delete them.

Invisibleman says:

There are apps i don't buy only because of that. I'm too afraid of those apps right next to my itunes nickname.

Steven says:

Michael deserved to get caught. If you cant save yourself from yourself, Apple will gladly do it for you!

Zehavi says:

YES 100% I WAS TRYING TO MAKE APPLE DO THIS. ITS NOT FAIR THAT THEY DONT. IF YOU DELETE SOMETHING WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU WANT IT BE IN YOUR PURCHASE HISTORY???

Stevenhertz says:

Maybe to make room on your device moron.

Chris says:

Geee I don;t know maybe I want to make room since early iDevices had pathetic storage options.

Chris says:

A lot of people complain here. Do you want Apple to be closed up about things or do you want them to open up a little and allow you to redownload that one App you removed because it took up so much space on your 4GB iPhone 1?

Karthikeyan Venkatraman says:

So is this purchase history thing available for all versions of iOS? I'm in iOS 4.0.1 jailbroken with jailbreakme.com and unlocked. And am not gonna update it as long as I don't get a jailbreak and unlock as easy as jailbreakme.com. I hope I'm safe? What say guys...

Oded O says:

No you are not your history is on their computers just like everybody else that got iTunes

CoolerThanU says:

I see so many people arguing the ethics on here. Bottom line: there should be an option to delete purchase history permanently. Period. You don't have this problem with Android, and don't give me that inferiority crap. It would be nice not to have to scroll through hundreds of previously downloaded "lite" apps, let alone the fact that yeah, privacy of past downloads would be nice.

Vividvn says:

I love the guy who said- you should not be downloading apps that you dOnt want your Kids or significant other to see...oh come on jerk...did you ever date two girls and while doing so look at other females? Did you not see some bikini clad girls while you were engaged, whilst married...atleast for two seconds? Great advice dude...keep your pants up always, unless you have a teeny wheeny it will show when you glanced at that Playboy magazine in the magazine store.

Vividvn says:

Btw...some of the Apps are plain offensive and I did not know "porn" apps existed on iPhone...searched for it but was not as lucky as my other friends who are against the permanent delete option, since they may want those again and again...not me no sir, been there tried that want to forget it for good...

Guest says:

I feel like Apple (or any other company) shouldn't be able to force honesty or morality on people! The issue is that, when you downloaded that one questionable/embarrassing app way back when, you knew you could delete it and nobody'd ever have to know about it (for any 100 reasons). But now, it's like god came down and it's judgment day!!! all your life is open for examination lol!!! That kinda shit is nobody's business. And I don't think that's really Apple's intention anyway, it just seems like they haven't thought it through well enough.... It's the same shitty situation as the Netflix rent history. People have complained about it for years now, but still nothing's changed....

Mar Viola says:

devono potersi cancellare dalla cronologia !!!

Christinaarmoogam says:

Its not private no more no good things need to change