Apple’s Phil Schiller Speaks On Censored iPhone Dictionaries, But Ignores The Bigger Issues
August 06, 2009 at 14:50 PM EDT
A lone messenger has emerged from the impenetrable fortress that is Apple's App Store, and his name is Phil Schiller . Earlier this week, John Gruber of Daring Fireball wrote a lengthy column detailing the plight of Ninja Words (iTunes Link), a sleek iPhone dictionary that uses Wiktionary as its data source. Gruber wrote that the application had been rejected for including numerous common swear words, going on to write that "Apple censored an English dictionary." Not so, says Schiller, who is Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing and is widely regarded as one of the more recognizable 'faces' of Apple, after Steve Jobs. In a rare moment of semi-transparency, Schiller has written back to Gruber, on the record, in an attempt to point out errors in the original column. I've included an excerpt below, and you can find the full letter in Gruber's post (it's well worth reading if you've been tracking the App Store closely).