Schools giving iPads to students have found that installing iOS 7 removes supervision profiles previously installed on devices, granting students access to inappropriate content and disabling remote access controls.
The reports have emerged from Manitou Springs School Discrict 14 (Colo.), who stated:
“Apple did not realize that installing iOS 7 would remove our (and thousands of organizations across the country) safety protection measure, which now makes the iPad devices unfiltered when accessing the Internet away from school,”
Of course, this isn’t confined to Manitou, and so the problem is plaguing schools and organizations across the country. This particular school was forced to collect the upgraded iPads, wipe them and reinstall all the apps and student content stored on them.
An administrator of another school told AllThingsD that he had actually tweaked the DNS to prevent iPAds updating OTA, allowing them to stay on iOS 6.1.3.
In response, Apple claimed that it was aware of the issue, and that it would have a fix “this month”.
Apple’s iPad has certainly revolutionized education, providing students with an exciting and intuitive way of learning. Allowing them to create and consume a wealth of educational content, or perhaps play Angry Birds at the back of the class… Regardless, the iOS 7 update has caused a lot of organizations problems with remote access and filtering, so its vital that Apple is able to fix this to prevent alienation from those organizations which bring Apple a lot of sales.