Apple Issues Apology For iPhone Baby Shaking Game

Apple Inc. is apologizing for allowing a 99-cent iPhone game called Baby Shaker that let a player quiet a virtual crying infant by shaking the device.

Apple removed the program from the iPhone's App Store on Wednesday, but critics pressed for an apology Thursday.

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said Thursday that the game was deeply offensive and said it should not have been approved for sale.

"We sincerely apologize for this mistake," Kerris said in a statement.

Apple approves the programs that outside software developers make available in the store. "Baby Shaker" came from a company called Sikalosoft, which has not commented.

The game asked players to see how long they could endure a baby's cries and then shake the phone to stop the wailing.

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Public outrage over a game available on Apple's iPhone has caused the company to remove "Baby Shaker" from its iTunes store.

Groups that fight child abuse and advocate for victims of brain injury condemned Apple for approving the game's sale in the first place.

The game's premise -- quiet a crying baby with a vigorous shake.

The application was designed by Sikalosoft, which did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment. "Baby Shaker" was deleted from its Web site Wednesday afternoon.

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris would not comment about how many people downloaded the game before it was removed. Apple itself screens each iPhone application.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has rejected apps that let iPhone users throw virtual shoes at President George W. Bush or watch clips from the "South Park" cartoon. It has accepted numerous programs that simulate flatulence.

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  • by Chis Location: Greenville on Apr 24, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    Exactly, Larry. Tell them to build a bridge and get over it.
  • by Larry Location: Winterville on Apr 24, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    Its just a game. Don't people know the difference between fantasy and reality? its shaking an iphone not a real baby. geez.
  • by Ben Location: Winterville on Apr 24, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    its just a stupid game if it offends you dont buy it!!! I find Apple offensive but Im not calling for the company to be shut down
  • by bxdfgxdf Location: buckahnnon on Apr 24, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    this is crazy who in the world would want to shake a baby. that's sick and demented!!!
  • by Bo Location: Winterville on Apr 23, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    Raider: You just made my day. I just absolutely KNEW, and read this article for this very reason, that there would be some head-in-sand, all assuming wing-nut Rush-head blaming the "liberals". Great work, my fellow Wintervillian, this Bud's for you!
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    Are people really that bored that they would buy a game that is as simple as that? A baby cries and you shake it...what fun. Not. Now, what IS stupid is not being able to watch South Park! That is a great show. Shake baby harder!
  • by Raider Location: Winterville on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    It must have been the GREAT idea of a non-God fearing bedwetting/bleeding heart Liberal.
  • by Concerned but understanding on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    Alright, this needs to stop here. This may be rediculous but there is no need to get upset where it is not due. The game, while positively incensitive is not in the hands of apple to approve. The games are written and submitted by other people who are not affiliated with apple whatsoever. However, even though they did not make nor condone the action they do have the reciprocity to not do anything about it. Child abuse advocates go too far as it is toward corpral punishment and things like this. The fact that it happened does not teach anyone poor parenting skills, in fact by what I hear it does the opposite. Besides, what is more realistic, shaking an iphone to quiet a baby or having a teenager in a Home Econ. class throw a baby against the wall to get it to break because she didnt want it to cry anymore? Didnt hear that story did you? A few months ago a black 17 year old student threw a child doll against a wall because it wouldnt stop crying. Good parenting skills? I think not.
  • by Pro Gamer Location: Game Room, NC on Apr 23, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    LOL this is maybe the dumbest game i ever heard of. Weeks from now their will probably be something on the news where this exact thing happens, a murder imitated after the game for the IPhone.
  • by Z Location: Jacksonville on Apr 23, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    this is the dumbest thing i've seen in a long time. Maybe the guys who made the game need to be shaken a little!
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