Apple Revises iTunes Terms and Conditions to Allow Educational iTunes Accounts for Children Under 13

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    Apple on Thursday altered its iTunes Terms and Conditions to permit children under the age of 13 to operate individual iTunes accounts created at the request of an "approved educational institution," reports Macworld.

    Previously, Apple restricted iTunes accounts to children aged 13 or older, but the company announced it would be changing its policy with the release of iOS 7.
    With Apple's new educational policies, schools will have a program to facilitate Apple obtaining "verifiable parental consent for personal Apple IDs for students under age 13." In addition, Apple also plans to introduce better tools for teachers.

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    iOS 7, which is expected to be released to the public in the fall, offers new Mobile Device Management options allowing teachers to set up managed apps, configure accessibility options, and restrict changes to accounts. Teachers will be able to lock student iPads to a particular app as well, to ensure that students are "on the same activity at the same time."

    The new operating system will also bring an App Store Volume Purchase Program designed to allow educational institutions to assign apps to users while maintaining ownership and control over app licenses.

    Apple's policy shift comes as the company continues its push for iPads in educational institutions. Apple has been involved in several large deals in recent months and won a $30 million contract from the L.A. Unified School District in June that will see the district purchasing iPads for every student in its 47 schools. Apple also met with the Turkish President earlier this year about a potential $4.5 billion deal that would provide Turkish schoolchildren with as many as 15 million tablets.

    Article Link: Apple Revises iTunes Terms and Conditions to Allow Educational iTunes Accounts for Children Under 13
     
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    $4.5B is a drop in the bucket for our national budget, why not buy ipads for 15M Ameican school children? Spread out over three years of use that's only $1.5B a year.
     
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    This is great news! Working at a high school we have way to many kids having to use their parents Apple ID's. Looking forward to iOS 7 MDM too :)
     
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    This is basically like 'Kids Mode' on the Nexus 7..

    I have to laugh that apple is *only* now finally impleteung this into their products...

    All i have to say is.... "What took ya ??"

    A welcome, never the less... Not only popular for kids either :)
     
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    You are very wrong.

    This has nothing to do with parental restriction or similar options - which have been available on iOS for years, before stuff like that had been implemented in Android - this is legal stuff necessary for kids to have their own Apple ID.

    This way, a school doesn't need to create Apple IDs A1 to Z99 for their students, but instead the students can create their own Apple IDs and keep stuff they have bought on the school-supplied iPad.
     
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    Was just talking with an administrator the other day and the "assignable" licenses was #1 roadblock he saw to greater adoption, without this they have no easy ( and legal ) way to deal with assignment of apps to users. This will be a start but there are still a lot of problems with the iPad's and other iOS devices in education that need to be worked out before they are more viable.
     
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    They're listening

    Good to see Apple listening to their customers:)
     
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    I can see it now. Children will be exploited because apple mishandled their personal data...
     
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    What about the kids that aren't at schools that are using iOS devices.

    I think I like my cousins version of this idea better. Make it a sub account of the parents, who can set account level controls etc
     
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    I have to laugh at you who seem so eager to cheer for Android. May be better luck next time.
     
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    Please do explain why this is "basically like Kids Mode on the Nexus 7".
     
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    i think this whole "You must be over thirteen years old"-stuff is less of a problem when looking at personal iTunes accounts.

    Was there ever a mom or dad who stopped shopping for an iPod Touch for their ten year old kid, when they heard that they can't legally create an iTunes account for them?

    There are probably millions of ten year olds on Facebook.


    This is much more important for schools, because they want to give pupils iPads for school, but young kids can't create their own iTunes accounts schools can't just tell them to lie when entering the date of birth and generic iTunes accounts created by schools are not the optimal solution.

    That's why this verifiable parental consent stuff is so important for educational purposes and less important for personal accounts.

    Parents can always enter a wrong birthdate, making their child older - but schools can't.


    He never actually read the article or only the subject line with the word "children" in it.

    This has absolutely nothing to do with any kind of parental controls or a kids mode.
     
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    Not even close to the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire's way of doing it. Read before you post.

    It's going to be restricted. Only apps/books that the school approves will be downloadable.
     
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    This is what it's all about. Getting those kiddies acquainted with the iTunes/App Store ecosystem. It's a great idea.

    It's also what those low cost iPhones are all about. Making more money off that 30% cut Apple get from App Devs and then their music/money services.
     
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    Oh I know I just wanted to hear his reasoning :p
     
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    Yeah, those kids could grow up thinking it's actually ok to pay for software. Pretty disgusting, Apple!
     
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    The new operating system will also bring an App Store Volume Purchase Program that is designed to allow educational institutions to assign apps to users while maintaining ownership and control over app licenses. ​
    So a school can buy 50 copies/licences of an App and sign them to 50 students' AppleIDs then at the end of the year revoke the licences and sign them to a different 50 AppleIDs?
    So the AppleIDs stays with the student, but the apps are owned by the school? This seem like a great solution app don't need to be re-bought every year.

    Will iOS7 allow multiple AppleIDs to be used on one iPad, in schools that do not have a 1:1 iPad program this would be great. Currently every iPad has to use the one school AppleID
     
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    Kinda reminds me of Goolgles find my iPhone clone they just barely released into or at least briefed. What is that, 3 years and they 'finally' caught on?
     
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    You can laugh, but it was Apple that got the contract to get tablets in the hands of LAUSD's 600,000+ students, not Google. Who's laughing now?
     
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    No they just lie. If only to create an account for things like iCloud where they want to be able to track a lost whatever. But not have the kids getting their contacts, or worse, deleting them
     
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    Cheap iPhone=color options=children under 13
    Yep, them leaks are all tarting to all add up.
     
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    And so what if it is like it? Apple is "impleteuing" what again? I'm not an Apple apologist by any means, however, you're so eager to promote Android and put Apple down is trollish.
     
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    I want just like Windows 8 multi user. So that my girlfriend can use the same tablet with her account when we are on a holiday and don't want to carry more than one tablet.
     
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    This news has nothing to do with that.

    This is NOT a software feature, it is a solution to a legal problem when you want to create iTunes accounts for users under 13 years of age.



    (There might be also software involved if fermat-au is correct in guessing that content could be used by a pupil's Apple ID but is still owned by the school - but we don't know that for sure and it's also not the core point of this article.)
     
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    Does such an irrelevant change in legal terms of use for iTunes educational accounts deserve to be on Page 1 now? Incredible.
     

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