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A new report out of AppleInsider is showing that links to new "explicit software" categories within iTunes is possibly indicating that Apple may be planning to deliver adult content for its iPad device as well as existing iPhone OS units, which would be separated from other content with the ability for parental controls in the same way that iTunes sells music that has explicit lyrics.
During the course of the last year, Apple tuned up a ratings system for App Store apps that would allow users to be able to withhold the types of software that can be downloaded through their edition of iTunes.
For a refresher of Apple's rating system, they place ratings of "4+, 9+, 12+ and 17+" on titles. But Cupertino has always prohibited the sale of any kind of explicit software that might contain any kind of pornography or other adult matter, and would remove titles that they thought were not fit for the App Store.
Because of this, Apple has received plenty of criticism that adult material is still available to all on the iPhone's Safari browser. App Store offerings that might have an incorporated web browser, like Facebook, get rated 17+ because of this.
The parental controls in iTunes would then allow possibly worried parents to block access to the iPhone's web browser and the capability to open the iTunes Store to download any apps, in addition to the ratings settings.