7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 8, 2010 11:32 PM by OrangeMarlin Branched to a new discussion.
dmdigital Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
After having used a friends iPad and initially thinking how much nicer it was than my iPod touch I started to think of how good it could be for an elderly relative. The only trouble is I would need to be able to disable some apps and the deletion ability from the screen so that he didn't inadvertently delete things, change settings and so forth. I was thinking I could load up some puzzle and card games, eBooks or movies off the iMac then give these to him.

He used to use an iMac but now the keyboard and mouse are a struggle as is sitting at a desk. My first thought was a MacBook, but then there's still the keyboard and mouse issue. But some for of lap device is best suited.

So can a very restricted user interface be applied? I haven't been able to find anything from searching.
  • Ian Parkinson Level 6 Level 6 (10,440 points)
    You can't do what you want, sorry.
    All you can do is apply restrictions which only affects content, not how the iPad works.

    Ian
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    ..but a saving grace for the ipad is you can recover from just about anything this person could do to the ipad by resetting it to factory specs and reactivating and resyncing it.
  • dmdigital Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks I hadn't considered the factory reset and resync option. That is definitely something I'll look in to further, it may be an alternative.
  • .zaph. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    What about locking it down so that it can be used by the public. For instance, the iPad would be an excellent device to use as a kiosk in a museum or events. Letting users auto register or provide comments, get a map of the facilities, schedules, etc. In order to do this, we would need to restrict what the user can do.

    Ideally, the home button could be repurposed to go to the home screen of the kiosk app, and not leave the app. I realize that this type of control will never be approved by the app store, so if the user is allowed to leave, is it possible to password protect the system preferences app so that they can't mess around too much with it? Is the only option to put it in a case that covers the home button?
  • Tulse Level 5 Level 5 (5,790 points)
    .zaph. wrote:
    Is the only option to put it in a case that covers the home button?


    Why is this problematic? And indeed this may be the best solution, since none of the Apple apps, including iTunes and the App Store, can be removed -- you don't want visitors launching these apps and buying stuff.

    Without the Home button, patrons are restricted to whatever interactions your one app allows. Isn't this precisely what you would want?
  • mrizzzi9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I own a company and want to provide all my employees with their own ipad. I wnat to restrict what they can do (internet, buying apps) so far i have downloaded the Kiosk app to restrict the internet, almost. if you put any thought to it at all, all one needs to do is go to settings and vhange the home page url. so why cant i find an app that can restrict or hide or lock down any specific app so i dont need to worry about it. this seems simple enough or is it way to difficult to create something like this. I'd rather not just monitor their use i want to restrict it. there has to be something or be able to be created
  • OrangeMarlin Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
    mrizzzi9 wrote:
    I own a company and want to provide all my employees with their own ipad. I wnat to restrict what they can do (internet, buying apps) so far i have downloaded the Kiosk app to restrict the internet, almost. if you put any thought to it at all, all one needs to do is go to settings and vhange the home page url. so why cant i find an app that can restrict or hide or lock down any specific app so i dont need to worry about it. this seems simple enough or is it way to difficult to create something like this. I'd rather not just monitor their use i want to restrict it. there has to be something or be able to be created


    None of us here work for Apple and I don't think a lot are app developers either. You might suggest your ideas to the developers of the Kiosk app.

    I'm not sure how you're allowing your employees access to the internet, but it's a lot easier to block websites at your server/router. I ran a company for many years, and we blocked all kinds of websites to everyone but executives.