by Joe White
August 3, 2013
Apple recently revised its iTunes Terms and Conditions, allowing under-13-year-olds to sign-up for iTunes accounts (Apple IDs) through an educational institution, according to Macworld. It's always been the case that Apple IDs require users to be 13 years of age or older. This, however, is set to change with the launch of iOS 7, and under-13-year-olds will have the option of creating their own unique Apple IDs, in order to access educational applications and iBooks through Apple's digital stores. The company explains:
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.Apple is set to introduce a Mobile Device Management (MDM) feature with iOS 7, which will make it possible for teachers to manage and configure apps and accessibility options on iDevices used in the classroom. For example, teachers will be able to "lock" iPads to a single application, prohibiting users from accessing the Home screen and ensuring that all iPad users are on task. The above change to Apple's iTunes Terms and Conditions therefore forms part of the company's larger push to promote its line of iDevices, and particularly the iPad, in classrooms worldwide. We'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Hi Ho! Kermit The Frog And The Gang Are Here In Disney's My Muppets Show, Jetpack Joyride Update Adds Quicker Quick Revives And Rolling Inventory Tweaks, and Could The Next-Gen iPad Feature A Mac-Like Translucent Apple Logo?.