It had to happen at some point in time the porn, or relatively soft porn industry in this case, had to arrive on the iPad. You now have an iPad optimised web application from the iconic Playboy magazine. Going the route of the web app was the only avenue available to them seeing as boobies are not going to get on the iPad via the prudish App Store.
The Aside Magazine showed what can be done with HTML 5 and I suspected that this used HTML5 also. Right at the beginning of the iPad Steve Jobs was praising the Web App as a great route to getting on the iOS. I don’t expect he was thinking about how it might be used by the rumpy pumpy industry.
Show me the Money
Another benefit to Playboy magazine is that they don’t have to share any of the revenue that will come in from the subscriptions with the company from Cupertino. I expect that you will have to be at least 18 to be able to get the subscription for the magazine, unless you borrow your dad’s credit card. Beware if you do that, it could leave you with a lot of explaining to do. Your dad might have to cross his heart and hope to die, explaining to your mom that it wasn’t him that paid up for a subscription to a porn magazine.
The Playboy application is reported to have the look of a native app, but as we saw with the Aside Magazine you don’t get any offline access. There is an occasional shake when changing rotation and it has nothing to do with getting a better look at the centrefold model with no clothes on. To get around the offline access problem the only thing you can do there is to learn how to do a screen shot of your iPad screen, to be able to keep on reading on the iPad.
Poor Quality and Shoddy