Apple Didn’t Censor The Ninjawords App, They Just Told Them To Have A 17+ Rating

Posted Aug 6, 2009

Last night a rumor started about how Apple blocked an application called Ninjawords which is described as:
“[Ninjawords] use awesome, fresh, high quality data with more words and synonyms than you can throw a ninja star at.  And best of all, when you look up your words, they all stay on the page.  No need to flip back and forth between different pages as you look up multiple words.”

It turns out that rumor has been clarified by Apple SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller.  Apple said that they never tried to censor the dictionary application, but the company wanted to give it a 17+ rating.  Instead the developer of the application removed the swears words before publishing it on the App Store.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball started the rumor and then later clarified it.  Ninjawords was developed by Matchstick Software.