The adult industry wants its customers to share moments of an entirely different kind with its stars.And while the technology may be new, the idea is not. In the 1970s, the demand for explicit videos at home helped VCRs become widespread, and the industry was the first to embrace DVDs, too.
"A phone is such an intimate thing, you usually don't lend it out or have someone else use it," said Quentin Boyer, a spokesman for Pink Visual, an adult production company.Still, advocacy groups worry that Face Time could connect children to pornography or predators.Parents can put computers in public areas of the home to supervise Internet usage, but mobile phones go anywhere.The rise of Face Time porn puts Apple in an awkward position.Its competitors have products that allow video chat, too -- HTC's Evo 4G phone, for one.But Apple has made a big deal about keeping applications sold in its i Tunes store clean.
Apple has rejected book apps for featuring sexual content and political satires for their potential to offend. An e-mail attributed to CEO Steve Jobs that was posted on technology blogs in April says it is Apple's "moral responsibility" to keep pornography off the i Phone. But just as Apple can't control whom i Phone users call, the company will have a hard time dictating how Face Time is used.
NEW YORK -- It's a maxim of technology: Invent the newest gadget and the porn industry will find a way to cash in. launched the i Phone 4 and its Face Time videoconference feature, it didn't take long for adult-entertainment companies to develop video-sex chat services and start hiring workers through Craigslist.
With more than 3 million of the phones already sold, the adult industry stands to make big money on this new way to reach out and touch someone -- even if it puts Apple, which has always taken pains to keep its i Phone apps squeaky clean, in an awkward spot.
Internet porn peddlers were some of the first to make wide use of streaming video and online credit card payments.
"The first time someone created a camera there was someone who said, 'Wouldn't it be good for someone to take off their clothes in front of this camera?
While some rejected apps have been approved after revisions, Apple has kept one strict rule: No porn. Internet experts say customers will understand that Apple cannot control what goes on in private video chats.