Apple Revises iTunes Terms and Conditions to Allow Educational iTunes Accounts for Children Under 13

Apple on Thursday altered its iTunes Terms and Conditions to permit children under the age of 13 to operate individual iTunes accounts created at the request of an "approved educational institution," reports Macworld.

Previously, Apple restricted iTunes accounts to children aged 13 or older, but the company announced it would be changing its policy with the release of iOS 7.

These App and Book Services are only available for individuals aged 13 years or older, unless you are under 13 years old and your Apple ID was provided to you as a result of a request by an approved educational institution. If you are 13 or older but under the age of 18, you should review this Agreement with your parent or guardian to make sure that you and your parent or guardian understand it.

With Apple's new educational policies, schools will have a program to facilitate Apple obtaining "verifiable parental consent for personal Apple IDs for students under age 13." In addition, Apple also plans to introduce better tools for teachers.

ios7education
iOS 7, which is expected to be released to the public in the fall, offers new Mobile Device Management options allowing teachers to set up managed apps, configure accessibility options, and restrict changes to accounts. Teachers will be able to lock student iPads to a particular app as well, to ensure that students are "on the same activity at the same time."

The new operating system will also bring an App Store Volume Purchase Program designed to allow educational institutions to assign apps to users while maintaining ownership and control over app licenses.

Apple's policy shift comes as the company continues its push for iPads in educational institutions. Apple has been involved in several large deals in recent months and won a $30 million contract from the L.A. Unified School District in June that will see the district purchasing iPads for every student in its 47 schools. Apple also met with the Turkish President earlier this year about a potential $4.5 billion deal that would provide Turkish schoolchildren with as many as 15 million tablets.

Top Rated Comments

SILen(e Avatar
104 months ago
This is basically like 'Kids Mode' on the Nexus 7..

I have to laugh that apple is *only* now finally impleteung this into their products...

All i have to say is.... "What took ya ??"

A welcome, never the less... Not only popular for kids either :)

You are very wrong.

This has nothing to do with parental restriction or similar options - which have been available on iOS for years, before stuff like that had been implemented in Android - this is legal stuff necessary for kids to have their own Apple ID.

This way, a school doesn't need to create Apple IDs A1 to Z99 for their students, but instead the students can create their own Apple IDs and keep stuff they have bought on the school-supplied iPad.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
viacavour Avatar
104 months ago
This is basically like 'Kids Mode' on the Nexus 7..

I have to laugh that apple is *only* now finally impleteung this into their products...

All i have to say is.... "What took ya ??"

A welcome, never the less... Not only popular for kids either :)

I have to laugh at you who seem so eager to cheer for Android. May be better luck next time.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pirg Avatar
104 months ago
This is basically like 'Kids Mode' on the Nexus 7..

I have to laugh that apple is *only* now finally impleteung this into their products...

All i have to say is.... "What took ya ??"

A welcome, never the less... Not only popular for kids either :)

Please do explain why this is "basically like Kids Mode on the Nexus 7".
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SILen(e Avatar
104 months ago
What about the kids that aren't at schools that are using iOS devices.

I think I like my cousins version of this idea better. Make it a sub account of the parents, who can set account level controls etc
i think this whole "You must be over thirteen years old"-stuff is less of a problem when looking at personal iTunes accounts.

Was there ever a mom or dad who stopped shopping for an iPod Touch for their ten year old kid, when they heard that they can't legally create an iTunes account for them?

There are probably millions of ten year olds on Facebook.


This is much more important for schools, because they want to give pupils iPads for school, but young kids can't create their own iTunes accounts schools can't just tell them to lie when entering the date of birth and generic iTunes accounts created by schools are not the optimal solution.

That's why this verifiable parental consent stuff is so important for educational purposes and less important for personal accounts.

Parents can always enter a wrong birthdate, making their child older - but schools can't.


Please do explain why this is "basically like Kids Mode on the Nexus 7".
He never actually read the article or only the subject line with the word "children" in it.

This has absolutely nothing to do with any kind of parental controls or a kids mode.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chupa Chupa Avatar
104 months ago
$4.5B is a drop in the bucket for our national budget, why not buy ipads for 15M Ameican school children? Spread out over three years of use that's only $1.5B a year.
As the erroneously attributed quote not made by Senator Dirken goes: a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money.

iPad do not make better students. Better teachers make better students. Start there. Technology has been in U.S. classrooms for decades. When I was a grad student I was involved in a program in a DC high school that had the highest % of underprivileged kids in the metro area. The school had an amazing array of computers and even a mini TV studio. It still had more drop outs than graduates; more failing students than ones that were even eligible to get into the lowest ranked junior college. Most of the teachers gave up and were mostly baby sitters.

My point: if you want to understand the public education problems in the country, tech is not a quick fix nor is spending money. The issues are much deeper, and, unfortunately, very political, in just about every sense of the word. Understand the DC, for example, which has one of the worse school systems in the country -- the president, congressmen and women, and senators won't send their kids there -- spends $18K per student. The national average is around $10K per student.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blackcrayon Avatar
104 months ago
This is what it's all about. Getting those kiddies acquainted with the iTunes/App Store ecosystem. It's a great idea.

It's also what those low cost iPhones are all about. Making more money off that 30% cut Apple get from App Devs and then their music/money services.

Yeah, those kids could grow up thinking it's actually ok to pay for software. Pretty disgusting, Apple!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

nothing ear 1 buds 1

Nothing 'Ear (1)' True Wireless Earbuds Launch to Take on AirPods Pro With ANC and Unusual Design for $99

Tuesday July 27, 2021 7:57 am PDT by
Nothing, a new brand from OnePlus founder Carl Pei, has today officially launched the "Ear (1)" true wireless earbuds after months of anticipation around the company's AirPods Pro rival. The Ear (1) features an in-ear design, Active Noise Cancelation, Bluetooth 5.2, IPX4 water resistance, and a charging case with Qi-compatible wireless charging and a USB-C port. Fast pairing is supported on...
iPhone 13 Always On Feature

iPhone 13 to Bring Over a Major Feature From the Apple Watch

Wednesday July 28, 2021 2:21 am PDT by
Apple's upcoming iPhone 13 lineup will feature an always-on display akin to the Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6, according to recent reports. In his weekly Power On newsletter, Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, who often reveals accurate insights into Apple's plans, said that the iPhone 13 may feature an Apple Watch-inspired always-on mode. The Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch...
duracell battery bitter coating

Apple Says Don't Buy AirTag Replacement Batteries With Bitter Coating

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:08 am PDT by
Since AirTags were just released earlier this year and are expected to have a year-long battery life, it may be some time yet before AirTag users need a replacement battery, but when the time comes for a refresh, Apple is warning customers not to buy batteries with a bitter coating. AirTags use coin-shaped CR2032 batteries, which happen to be a size that's easy to swallow. Some battery...
iPad mini pro feature 2

iPad Mini 6 to Feature 8.3-Inch Display With No Home Button and Narrower Bezels

Monday July 26, 2021 12:26 pm PDT by
The sixth-generation iPad mini that's in the works will have an 8.3-inch display, according to display analyst Ross Young. That will be larger than the current 7.9-inch display, with the larger size due to the removal of the Home button and a narrower bezel design. Rumors about the iPad mini 6 have been picking up in recent weeks ahead of its prospective launch this fall. Apple analyst...
iOS 15 General Feature Purple

Everything New in iOS 15 Beta 4: Safari Tweaks, MagSafe Battery Pack Support, Notification Updates and More

Tuesday July 27, 2021 11:47 am PDT by
Apple today released the fourth betas of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, introducing additional refinements to the new features that are coming in the software updates. In these betas, Apple has introduced changes for Safari, Notifications, Focus mode, and more. Safari Updates Apple is continuing to refine the design of Safari on the iPhone, and in iOS 15, there are tweaks to improve usability. ...
new m1 chip

Tim Cook on Apple Deciding to Manufacture Components: 'We Ask Ourselves If We Can Do Something Better'

Tuesday July 27, 2021 3:04 pm PDT by
During today's earnings call for the third fiscal quarter of 2021 (second calendar quarter), Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked how Apple decides what components to purchase and what components to develop, and Cook said that Apple asks if it can be done better. We ask ourselves if we can do something better. If we can deliver a better product. If we can buy something in the market and it's great...
iPad Pro Feature Magenta

Mac Otakara: iPad Air 5 to Feature iPad Pro-Like Design, No Design Changes Coming to iPad Mini 6 or iPad 9

Tuesday July 27, 2021 11:06 am PDT by
The next-generation iPad Air will feature a design that's similar to the third-generation iPad Pro, according to Japanese site Mac Otakara. Citing a Chinese supplier, the site says that the fifth-generation iPad Air will continue to feature a 10.9-inch display and a Touch ID button on the side, but it will gain a dual-lens camera system with Wide and Ultra Wide cameras. A LiDAR Scanner is ...
Apple Leak Feature

Apple Demands Leaker Reveals Sources Under Threat of Being Reported to Police

Wednesday July 28, 2021 6:53 am PDT by
Apple has sent a cease and desist letter to a leaker based in China as part of its continuing attempts to curtail leaks of unreleased products, according to Vice. A Chinese citizen who shared images of stolen Apple prototypes on social media was sent a warning letter from Fangda Partners, Apple's law firm in China, on June 18, 2021. An extract from the letter read:You have disclosed without ...
iOS 14 on iPhone feature emergency

Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 14.7.1 With Fix for Touch ID Apple Watch Bug

Monday July 26, 2021 9:48 am PDT by
Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 14.7.1, minor bug fix updates that come just a week after the release of iOS 14.7, software that introduced new Apple Card features and support for the MagSafe Battery Pack. The iOS and iPadOS 14.7.1 updates can be downloaded for free and the software is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to...
General iOS 14

iOS 14.7.1 and macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 Patch Security Vulnerability That May Have Been Actively Exploited

Monday July 26, 2021 11:55 am PDT by
Apple today released unexpected iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1 updates to the public, and according to a newly released support document, the software addresses a serious security vulnerability that may have been exploited in the wild. Apple says that an application may have been able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges due to a memory corruption issue. "Apple is aware of a report ...