1. Michael Essany's Avatar

    It will come as little surprise to many that the iChatr app has been removed by Apple. To be sure, nothing was wrong with the app itself. The problem, however, had to do with how people were using it. Often likened to Chatroulette in concept, iChatr lets users randomly connect with other users via the iPhone 4 - sort of like what an internet dating service would provide, minus all the needless attention on predetermined compatibility.

    As it turns out, Apple felt it had no choice but to pull the plug after one too many complaints were filed noting that users were... shall we say, using iChatr inappropriately. As reported by 9to5Mac, "The iChatr application has currently been removed from the App Store due to reports of a number of users exposing themselves during the random video chat sessions." Oh, the joys of a front-facing smartphone camera! And unless the developer figures out a way to curb this unfortunate trend, it looks as though iChatr won't be able to call the App Store home. Of course, it is a safe bet that any app capable of randomly pairing iPhone 4 owners in a video chat will ultimately have similar problems.

    A few days after iChatr was released, I was contacted by more than a few iChatr users who expressed their concern with the company they found themselves keeping. Although no one reported the same problem to me that allegedly caused Apple to swiftly yank the app, one MMi reader bluntly put it this way: "I've never met creepier people in my life." To be fair, it's nearly impossible to fault the app's makers, Apple, or the iPhone 4 for this issue. Whenever random video chats are possible, the possibilities (good or bad) are endless. And it's only a matter of time before incidents like these are "exposed" - pun intended.

    Last edited by Michael Essany; 2010-07-18 at 08:08 AM.
    2010-07-18 08:05 AM
  2. glendoor's Avatar
    HAHAHA! Classic Apple
    2010-07-18 08:09 AM
  3. kmmxracer's Avatar
    Wow. That's all I can say
    2010-07-18 08:12 AM
  4. LittleJob's Avatar
    Good. Lol it was all dudes and half of them would flash their "goods"
    2010-07-18 08:16 AM
  5. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
    Sounds like Photoswap all over again except this time it's video.
    2010-07-18 08:18 AM
  6. Matt27272's Avatar
    It's just Steve Jobs trying to "protect us from porn".
    2010-07-18 08:23 AM
  7. monk444's Avatar
    Ya I saw waaaaaay too many losers tuggin their pud.......and a bunch of molester lookin dirtbags.....my first minute on there I saw a couple engaging in what appeared to be the reverse cowgirl......omg
    2010-07-18 08:24 AM
  8. fventura03's Avatar
    aw i didn't even know this app existed, i wanted to meet a cute girl like the one in the image. he he he
    2010-07-18 08:27 AM
  9. 01grander's Avatar
    Apple thinks they are the morality police....just mark it as mature and restrict access.
    2010-07-18 08:28 AM
  10. santacruzlocal's Avatar
    Ditto the "WOW", way to go apple !!!!
    2010-07-18 08:29 AM
  11. robertr1's Avatar
    Anyone who's ever been on chatroullete for more than about 2 minutes could have seen this coming.
    2010-07-18 08:30 AM
  12. zozodouce's Avatar
    man there's a dude showing his pipi rightnow lol
    2010-07-18 08:37 AM
  13. Dash-2's Avatar
    This is why Cydia was made. =D
    2010-07-18 08:38 AM
  14. dbizzy1's Avatar
    People crack me up...this comes as no surprise
    2010-07-18 08:40 AM
  15. delusion950's Avatar
    next update Apple will be pulling Face from iphone 4, because people tend to abuse it, rather than use in the proper way. just watch lol
    2010-07-18 08:40 AM
  16. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
    This is the first post on modmyi that ive seen all day. At least it was funny. Don't get me wrong.... I'd rather there be no news, than the same "old" news.

    Thanks Messany, for at least keeping us tuned in.
    2010-07-18 09:00 AM
  17. ~rage's Avatar
    Jeez, another example of Apple playing overbearing mother.

    They should have just had the app marked as 'mature' and been don with it. And to everyone who complained, guess what, no one was forcing to use it. Just hit the install button and stfu.

    EDIT: thank god for cydia
    2010-07-18 09:09 AM
  18. Venom1234's Avatar
    This is epic
    2010-07-18 09:09 AM
  19. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
    Apple thinks they are the morality police....just mark it as mature and restrict access.
    That is exactly what they need to do. Not sure why it would be so hard to just put a disclaimer in the app store or the app itself
    2010-07-18 09:14 AM
  20. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
    I don't agree with how Apple kills apps to their discretion! But, some of you who don't look at the other side of the picture...imagine your 13 year old kid sister, niece, or DAUGHTER, wanted to open this app on "who ever's phone" to harmlessly chat with a boy gets a video chat with a 20-60 year old pervert pulling out his "obviously UNWANTED" junk while he's unmeaningly destroying this little girls perception of the male species.

    I can honestly see how Apple is pulling the plug here. It's called C.Y.A!!! And that's what corporate giants MUST DO!!
    2010-07-18 09:25 AM
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