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  • Basketball_babe77354 Calculating status...
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    Mar 5, 2012 4:13 AM (in response to Martin_UK)

    Who could have expected that someone from the UK wouldn't be able to keep themselves from railing on and on about how incompetent children are at anything and everything? Oh wait, I could. Which is why I wasn't surprised at all to see him continue to insist that a child just can't be trusted with such "expensive" eqiuipment. I suspect that his idiotic ramblings have alot to do with the combination of the generally appalling attitude that Brits have towards children with his Apple fanboy mindset that keeps him from accepting that Apple dropped the ball by not including such basic functionality in such expensive technology.

     

    The reality is that there is no excuse at all, in this day and age, to not include such a basic feature as the ability to lock certain apps with a simple pin number. It is a blatant design flaw. There is no reason at all children shouldn't have free access to technology when they want to use it. It is the world we live in now; meaning early and frequent exposure to the technology we have access too is pivotal to a child's development into a productive member of the society we have constructed. Keeping it out of their reach and not allowing them to safely and freely explore it is only going to stunt their mental development and stymie their potential compared to the children who are allowed to do so. I am not interested in raising a human being who needs to have their hand held in absolutely everything they do; that just lays the foundation for an adult with severe codependency issues. It is Apple's failure for not providing such a basic feature for their customers; not their customers failing as parents for expecting or asking for such a feature.

     

    Stick that in your tea cup a drink it!

     

    Sincerely,

    A Texan Parent

     

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  • Basketball_babe77354 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 4, 2012 1:42 PM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    Philly_phan; that is the most idiotic suggestion on this thread. Why should we go out a buy an entirely different product when we could just get a simple software solution for our existing products? Please keep your fanboy B.S. to yourself. The number one rule in technology is the problem should always try to be addressed with software enhancements before hardware changes are ever considered. Thanks for playing, but what an epic FAIL!

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Mar 4, 2012 3:31 PM (in response to Basketball_babe77354)

    Basketball_babe77354 wrote:

     

    Philly_phan; that is the most idiotic suggestion on this thread. Why should we go out a buy an entirely different product when we could just get a simple software solution for our existing products? Please keep your fanboy B.S. to yourself. The number one rule in technology is the problem should always try to be addressed with software enhancements before hardware changes are ever considered. Thanks for playing, but what an epic FAIL!

    The number one rule in making purchases is to investigate the products to confirm that they do, in fac, meet your requirements.  The iPad does not meet your requirements.  The MBA does meet your requirements.  Gee...  Which one should you have purchased?

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,465 points)
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    Mar 4, 2012 8:34 PM (in response to Confused4567)

    Confused4567 wrote:

     

    My question is why does Apple not allow this functionality?  Anyone know why a developer cannot build an App to lock apps or folders, and then get this app in the AppStore?  An answer that only says that the iPad is a single user device is not helpful, so please pass on posting this response.

     

    If you can help me understand this issue, then thanks in advance.

    There is no other answer. Apple has not made the iPad a multi-user device. They have not included the features you want. They have not said why. Unless and until they do, anything we say would be speculation which is prohibited by the Terms of Use of these forums. I'm sorry if that doesn't satisfy you.

  • lilliepot Calculating status...
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    Mar 23, 2012 11:10 AM (in response to tdubbs26)

    What I'd really like to see is an "app" that allows me to lock out certain fun game apps for a period of time (like set a timer limit), this could then be used as a reward.

    After doing a set amount of time on some educational apps first, the Ipad would then allow for some game time. 

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,465 points)
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    Mar 23, 2012 11:46 AM (in response to lilliepot)

    lilliepot wrote:

     

    What I'd really like to see is ...

    Submit your feedback to Apple:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback

     

    You never know what they may decide to include in the future.

  • James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (23,140 points)
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    Mar 23, 2012 11:56 AM (in response to Meg St._Clair)

    Nothing like a new product coming out to uncork those old - and contentious - threads. 

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    Apr 12, 2012 1:08 PM (in response to tdubbs26)

    I know I'm late in getting in here, but it's not always a case of just keeping children from getting into apps. I'm a college student and I have some friends that like to play practical jokes. If I were to let them play with with iPad (as I have in the past with my phone) they would get in and change settings, post absurd Facebook statuses, etc etc. I don't need or want them doing that but I also don't want to have to keep my iPad on lockdown all the time.

     

    As others have said its absurd that apple hasn't included this. I'm gonna go look up my warranty and see if it's up yet. If it is I'm gonna jailbreak this thing for that functionality alone.

  • James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (23,140 points)
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    Apr 12, 2012 1:19 PM (in response to Jacco2008)

    Jacco2008 wrote:

     

    I know I'm late in getting in here, but it's not always a case of just keeping children from getting into apps. I'm a college student and I have some friends that like to play practical jokes. If I were to let them play with with iPad (as I have in the past with my phone) they would get in and change settings, post absurd Facebook statuses, etc etc. I don't need or want them doing that but I also don't want to have to keep my iPad on lockdown all the time.

     

    As others have said its absurd that apple hasn't included this. I'm gonna go look up my warranty and see if it's up yet. If it is I'm gonna jailbreak this thing for that functionality alone.

    Perhaps what you need are new friends.

  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
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    Apr 12, 2012 7:29 PM (in response to Jacco2008)

    It's not Apple's responsibility that your friends are immature enough to screw around with your property, or that you give them access to a device that has open access to your personal information. I teach elementary school students that this is not appropriate.

  • rmarcassoli Calculating status...
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    Apr 26, 2012 11:28 AM (in response to Martin_UK)

    Ipads are great tools for kids, they take so easily to the UI.  It would be at the child's loss to not have access to it, due to not being able to have a the ability to lock some apps down.

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    May 8, 2012 5:41 AM (in response to Michael Morgan1)

    It was immediately clear to me, and "lock down" is exactly the "term" I used to find this thread. Instead of wasting other's time with a senseless post I suggest if you have trouble understanding a question just wait a bit for other more erudite users to provoide some productive answers. Then perhaps all will become clear to you. If not, well, then I hope I never encounter you driving on the highway. Definitely one of those dudes who leaves a turn signal flashing for 30 miles...

  • icesurfer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 8, 2012 5:45 AM (in response to Basketball_babe77354)

    Most excellent point. We are using iPads in an industrial setting, and there is an obvious need to lock certain apps. It is a design flaw, and it needs to be corrected bien rapido, da prisa, apurase manzana!

  • icesurfer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 8, 2012 5:52 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    Ah, yes, what one would expect from freakin' Jersey. Can't help it, must be pitied and/or ignored. Kidding, kidding! We have to use iPads for security reasons. No choice. The decision was made for us. Ergo the "number one rule" is actually don't make assumptions about what the number one rule should be. Stay on track here. It's a software issue. Easily corrected. Just needs the attention and resources properly directed. It's a great idea. Apple should just do it.

     

    Now, since yer from Jersey, just for fun hold your tongue firmly between your thumb and forefinger and say "My teacher has a big red Apple".

     

    Do it.

  • James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (23,140 points)
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    May 8, 2012 5:55 AM (in response to icesurfer)

    As previously stated, somewhere in this mess of a thread, you can let Apple know here:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/

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