The iPad is an obvious education tool around the globe, though to make it useful schools often need to apply software that prevents students from accessing unwanted and unneeded content. Unfortunately, however, a new report from AllThingsD suggests that Apple’s latest iOS 7 release for iPads has totally removed the safety software.
“Apple did not realize that installing iOS 7 would remove our safety protection measure, which now makes the iPad devices unfiltered when accessing the Internet away from school,” one school district said in a note sent to AllThingsD. As a result, this particular school district has decided to recall all of the iPads issued to students and will now have to manually re-install the software on each iPad. What a headache.
Apple already responded to the issue and said that it’s aware of the security that’s being removed with the iOS 7 update and that it plans to release a fix sometime this month that prevents the occurrence in the future. We wonder if this is partially the reason that the Los Angeles Unified School district stopped rolling out 640,000 iPads to students – the initiative was halted after students started bypassing security restrictions.