CES 2017: Incipio's 'Kiddy Lock' Case for iPhone 7 Keeps Kids From Accessing Home Button

Incipio today introduced a new Kiddy Lock Case for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, which is designed to prevent children from accessing the Home button on the two devices with a sliding cover and a secure latch.

The Kiddy Lock Case fully covers the Home button and renders it inaccessible, preventing kids from opening apps, accessing Touch ID functionality, making phone calls, and more. It's ideal for parents who hand their phones over to kids to play games, but don't want them accessing other features on the device.

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"With the abundance of child-friendly tech toys these days, children still seem to find your personal devices the most appealing," said Carlos Del Toro, Director of Products, Incipio. "Inspired by our customers, the design of the Kiddy LockTM Case provides caregivers and parents alike a piece-of-mind knowing they're still in control of their personal device, even when in the hands of children."
Incipio made the case from a tough, shock-absorbing material to keep the iPhone safe from accidental drops, and a raised bezel protects the screen. There's also a built-in kickstand for use when viewing TV shows or movies.

The Kiddy Lock Case will be available during the first quarter of 2017 for $39.99, and it will come in Black, Cyan, Purple, Magenta, and Pink. Customers considering the Kiddy Lock Case should be aware that Apple offers Guided Access, a built-in tool for preventing access to the Home button and other iPhone features. Guided Access is a free accessibility feature that can be turned on in the Settings app.

Alongside the Kiddy Lock Case, Incipio is also introducing the Incipio ONE Dynamic Case Ecosystem for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The Incipio One features a range of interchangeable back plates that can be used with a base iPhone 7 case.

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Back plates include a leather Card Holder able to store two credit cards and an ID, a 3,000 mAh battery bank, a Qi Wireless Charging module, a Style Plate in several finishes and colors, and a leather Style Plate Premium.

The ONE ecosystem will be available during the first quarter of 2017. The base case will be priced at $39.99 and the accessory plates will be available at prices ranging from $19.99 to $39.99.



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2 weeks ago
Guided Access. I just triple click the home button and hand my phone/ipad to my daughter to watch a show on netflix. I have the screen disabled, so she can't tap anything. Buttons disabled so she can't change the volume or activate siri. And even the rotation is locked so she can't accidentally flip the screen and get frustrated everything is upside down.
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2 weeks ago
Using "Guided Access" is free. I do this when showing anyone anything on my phone lol.
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2 weeks ago
Clearly none of Incipio's employees have any kids at home...
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2 weeks ago

Guided Access. I just triple click the home button and hand my phone/ipad to my daughter to watch a show on netflix. I have the screen disabled, so she can't tap anything. Buttons disabled so she can't change the volume or activate siri. And even the rotation is locked so she can't accidentally flip the screen and get frustrated everything is upside down.

MacRumors should do its readers a service and actually mention Guided Access and detail its use as an alternative to what amounts to an advertisement article. Readers shouldn't have to rely on comments to learn what the author should have obviously stated.
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2 weeks ago
"Hey Siri..."
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2 weeks ago

I'm sorry. I do not have children and have not used Guided Access often, so I just didn't think of it. I've added a mention now. This is obviously not an advertisement and is just standard CES coverage.

Thanks. You could add an Apple link to your "Guided Access ('https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202612')" reference as well.

You're right, I was too harsh. Reduced value is better put than useless. Thanks.

As for the password, good question. Does the Guided Access Passcode work the same way as the overall lock password? I'd have to try.

It makes you wait 10 seconds after the first failure, then 60 seconds, and then 180 seconds. I didn't test beyond that, but I'm fairly certain it won't erase your phone after 10 failed password attempts. A kid having the patience to wait that long to attempt 10 times would be impressive and unlikely. If you do forget your Guided Access passcode and Touch ID doesn't work, you just have to force a reboot (home+power) to get out of Guided Access (at which point you'd have to know the phone's security passcode like always).

I think the point here is that Guided Access is a near perfect solution for keeping your kid in an app and even keeping them from clicking certain parts of the screen within an app. It's free and everyone already has it on their iPhones and iPads. It wouldn't hurt for Macrumors to revisit some howtos for features like this to post along side new product "news" articles.
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2 weeks ago

But also a volatile resource. You know, a 3 year old kid could just erase any iPhone by randomly entering 10 wrong passwords.

My bad, should have used the sarcasm emoji. I thought it would be overkill but there you go.
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2 weeks ago

MacRumors should do its readers a service and actually mention Guided Access and detail its use as an alternative to what amounts to an advertisement article. Readers shouldn't have to rely on comments to learn what the author should have obviously stated.

100%. I also use Guided Access. To someone else's point, this seems like it was made by the ignorant for the gullible, and Macrumors really should call that out in some fashion. Otherwise this kind of looks like a "you scratch my back, I scratch yours" post orchestrated with the PR folks at Incipio.
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2 weeks ago


It makes you wait 10 seconds after the first failure, then 60 seconds, and then 180 seconds. I didn't test beyond that, but I'm fairly certain it won't erase your phone after 10 failed password attempts. A kid having the patience to wait that long to attempt 10 times would be impressive and unlikely.

Mine had the idea to do this once. Triple click with guided access. He thought he found the light when he overlooked me clicking 3 times. He locked himself out his iPad for a certain period of time - longer than he'd anticipated. Needless to say there was some tears involved and he'll never do that again.
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2 weeks ago

Imagine you are a kid, when you see this passcode screen after triple click, what would you do?

Wait until the FBI figures out all they have to do is hand a criminal's iPhone to a 3 year old who will intuit the passcode in seconds! Think of the millions they could have saved? An untapped resource. Of course, the police would have to keep a close eye out because as fast as a 3 year old can bust a passcode they can delete the most important information on the phone.
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