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How to Restrict iOS 6 for Your Children

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I just found a great new feature in iOS 6 (available on the iPhone 5, 4S, 4, and iPod touch).  Effectively, it’s a kid lockout function, called Guided Access, and it works wonders.

That’s right ladies and gents, you can now open up an app and hand it over to someone (your child perhaps) and you don’t have to worry about unwanted in-app purchases or accidental deleting of photos.  As a parent, I can say that this is the function I have been waiting for in iOS.

I have had many photos deleted and settings changed by my toddler and young son, but now that Guided Access is available, there is no way for my kids to do anything except play with the app I have opened for them — as long as they don’t know the passcode that is.

Here is a quick step by step:

Setting up Guided Access ( Kid Lock )

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
  2. Tap Guided Access to toggle On (or Off).
  3. Now set a secret code that will be needed to disable Guided Access.
  4. Exit the Settings.

Using the Guided Access (Kid Lock) feature

  1. Open up the app that you want to use.
  2. Once the app is open, triple-click the Home button.
  3. The Guided Access options screen pops up.
  4. You will have multiple options.
  5. “Start” — Start Guided Access (Kid Lock)
  6. “Options” — this is where you can turn the Home button, touch and or motion sensors On or Off.
  7. “Cancel” — to back out of the Guided Access options.

Disabling the Guided Access (Kid Lock) feature

  1. To stop using the Guided Access (Kid Lock) mode, simply triple click the Home button and enter your secret code (Passcode).

And there you have it, a simple solution to allow your kids to play with your iOS 6-enabled device without any unwanted in-app purchases, unauthorized app openings, or settings changes.

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What Will the iPad mini cost?

Published on September 27, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, Rumors

How much smaller will an iPad mini be and what will it cost?
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The iPad mini has not been released, or even officially announced by Apple, and yet people are making speculations about how it will be priced against the Kindle Fire and other similar products.

Let’s take a look at a few facts:

  • Apple has not provided any type of pricing for the iPad mini
  • iPad 3 starts at $399
  • iPod touch starts at $199
  • Kindle Fire is priced at $199

I believe for the iPad mini to be competitive Apple would have to price it no higher than $249, which would put the price right between the iPod touch and the current, full-sized iPad.  The price of the iPad mini will largely depend on the manufacturing costs.

Another point that we all should keep in mind is that Google will likely enter the tablet market with a $99 device.  If this happens, Apple will have to consider a low-cost option in its product lineup.

Would Apple be willing to price a mini tablet at, or below, the cost of an iPod touch? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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