School district force students to downgrade iPads to iOS 6

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The iPad has become an integral classroom device at schools all around the world. In the Netherlands especially, entire curriculum’s were transformed and centred around the device. Unfortunately, iOS 7 has been causing a headache with school administrators.

It appears that iOS 7 removes supervision profiles on iPads. As a result of this, it “rendered those iPads unsupervised, depriving administrators of their remote-management privileges and eliminating the filtering protections they had established to protect students from inappropriate content they might stumble upon outside school.”

According to the report, US schools are also getting to grips with this issue. One school in particular, Manitou Springs, has been forced to collect iPads from students at the end of each day. With others being forced to downgrade to iOS 6.

Apple has confirmed that there is an issue and has promised a fix before October is out. Spokesperson Trudy Muller said “Some business and education users have reported that their supervised devices have reverted to unsupervised when they upgrade to iOS 7.”

As one school administrator told AllThingsD:

When we first caught wind of the bug, I tweaked our DNS to stop iPads from checking for software updates. That helped us to keep a lot of our iPads running iOS 6.1.3. We plan to maintain those settings until Apple addresses the issue.

Source – Mashable 

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