No age limit for Apple ID

Macworld Australia Staff
5 August, 2013
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One of the most exciting elements of iOS 7 for younger Apple users is a change in the accessibility age limit for iTunes etc. Previously you had to be at least 13 to operate an individual iTunes account, but when iOS 7 is finally launched this spring that will change.

“These App and Book Services are only available for individuals aged 13 years or older, unless you are under 13 years old and your Apple ID was provided to you as a result of a request by an approved educational institution. If you are 13 or older but under the age of 18, you should review this Agreement with your parent or guardian to make sure that you and your parent or guardian understand it,” said Apple in a recent statement.

Those “approved educational institutions” will be offered new Mobile Device Management options, which will allow teachers to restrict changes to accounts, set up managed apps, configure accessibility options and, if necessary, lock student iPads to certain apps.

This shift in policy reflects Apple’s continued emphasis on getting as many educational facilities as possible using its iPads. After inking a deal in Los Angeles recently, which secured a US$30 million contract with the Unified School District, Apple has also been holding talks with the President of Turkey. Those talks could possibly lead to a massive US$4.5 billion deal to provide Turkish schools with up to 15 million iPads.

by Macworld Australia staff

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