The entire catalog of Playboy, from start to current, will be available on the iPad beginning in March, according to Tweet 1:
Big news! Playboy--both old & new--will be available on iPad beginning in March.Tweet 2 was in response to the obvious question. Since it will be in the App Store, will it be censored or uncensored?:
@hughmcook Playboy on iPad will be uncensored, Hugh.Steve Jobs, in the past, both railed on Android for its open Android Market and defended Apple's closed App Store by declaring Android as the place to go if people want porn. He has been strident in the past on keeping "porn" out of the App Store, including nudity in fashion magazines, and some apps with bikini shots, yet no nudity. Playboy's iPhone app doesn't include full frontal nudity, either.
It's also been noted by many that porn is readily discoverable on iOS via Safari. However, Apple has seen fit to use the "porn on Android" statement as a marketing tool and as a harangue for some time.
This decision therefore seems very inconsistent, except when one considers the huge amounts of cash that Playboy probably through at the issue.
Exactly how the magazine archive will be distributed hasn't been revealed yet, or if consumers can buy individuals issues, etc. Details to come, obviously.