Apple confirms iOS 7 disables content filtering, fix in the works for educational iPads


iOS 7 debuted a few weeks ago and schools were eager to kick off a new academic year with a fresh version of iOS. Schools that immediately updated their student-issued iPads to iOS 7 may be regretting their decision to upgrade so soon, says a report in AllThingsD.

A growing number of schools are reporting a glitch in iOS 7 which removes the supervision profiles that were installed on the tablet devices. These profiles allowed for remote management of the device and were used to block inappropriate content when the iPads were used outside of the school.

The removal of these content filters is not a major problem inside the school as most school networks already have content-filtering installed on the network itself. At home, it’s a whole new ballgame with wide-open networks that allow unfettered access to the internet. A memo from the Manitou Springs (Colo.) School District 14 to parents reveal the depth of this problem.

“Apple did not realize that installing iOS 7 would remove our (and thousands of organizations across the country) safety protection measure, which now makes the iPad devices unfiltered when accessing the Internet away from school.”

The school is so concerned about this unrestricted access that it is not allowing students to bring their school-issued iPads home and are collecting the devices at the end of each school day.

Apple spokesperson Trudy Miller told AllThingsD that Apple is working hard on a fix. “Some business and education users have reported that their supervised devices have reverted to unsupervised when they upgrade to iOS 7. We are aware of this issue, and will have a fix this month.”

[Via AllThingsD]