This Monday, Apple opened its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, once again sending shockwaves through the tech industry. Thousands in attendance, the company debuted the latest computers and software, including the newest iteration of the iOS mobile operating system, used by iPads and iPhones. Among new changes to the software when it comes out this fall, the popular Siri assistant is coming to the iPad, with increased features such as the ability to find movies and book restaurant tables, even in countries outside the US.
Possibly the most interesting announcement for parents of young children – one that’s otherwise flying under the radar – is what Apple’s calling Guided Access. Initially developed for children with developmental disabilities, Guided Access allows parents or teachers to turn off certain functions of iPads and iPhones when children are using them – for example, keeping them on a certain educational app when in the classroom. If you’re worried about your child doing something they’re not supposed to while on an Apple device, soon you’ll have the ability to make sure they’re enjoying it in a safe and secure fashion.
We think this won’t be the last you hear about this functionality. With distraction being one of the primary concerns schools have had with these devices, Guided Access might prompt them to reconsider. For the parents of children lucky enough to already be a part of the tech wave, make sure to look out for the free upgrade to iOS 6 for iPhones and iPads this fall.
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