With the new beta of iOS 6 (beta 2) being released yesterday, there’s a slew of new and changed features just waiting to be found and unearthed. One of those new features is known as Guided Access (screenshot above). What Guided Access does is turns your iDevice into a sort of “Kiosk Mode” that allows the owner of the device to restrict use of certain features. It locks the device into one application, and also allows you to designate certain areas of the screen that can not be touched (or turn touch off entirely), and also you can restrict motion sensing of the device. This feature is very similar to what Apple uses on it’s “kiosk” iPads in their stores.
Though you may not be using this in your day-to-day life, this definitely has some use to it for businesses. It could be used how Apple does as product information in stores, as menus in restaurants, in schools for educational applications, etc. To enable Guided Access, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access and turn the switch to “On.” Once enabled, choose “Set Passcode” to set a 4-digit passcode, then proceed to opening your app you want to be kept open (also turn on allow sleep if you want to allow the screen to be turned off). When you are in the application, triple click the home button to begin Guided Access mode, where you can choose your settings for where the screen can/can’t be interacted with and whether motion is allowed to be used. Instead of turning off the entire touch screen, you can also “draw” around the area you want to be off limits and it will designate those specific areas (such as in Safari if you want them to interact with the site but not touch the address bar). To exit, just triple click the home button and enter your 4-digit passcode.
What do you think? Do you own a business and will use this feature? What other uses for this feature can you come up with? Let us know in the comments.
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