Apple’s been making a big push into education in recent months, updating iTunes to allow users under the age of 13 and touting new features in iOS 7. It says the update makes it ‘easier for institutions to put devices in the hands of students.’

But for many schools with student iPads deployed, the update is actually making things more difficult. Various educators across the US are reporting that iOS 7 has left their devices unfiltered when accessing the Internet away from school…

AllThingsD reports:

“A number of schools that have upgraded their iPad deployments to iOS 7 say installing the new OS removed the supervision profiles they had installed on the devices. This 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.

“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,” said a memo from the Manitou Springs (Colo.) School District 14 to parents, verified by AllThingsD.”

In the short term, the district says they will be collecting iPad devices at the end of each day until the safety protection measure is reinstalled. And other districts have resorted to collecting all student iPads, wiping them, and returning them.

Talk about inconvenience—can you imagine having to do that with hundreds, or even thousands of tablets? Some schools have gone so far as to adjust their network settings to block over-the-air iOS 7 updates, in order to avoid the issue.

An Apple spokesperson told AllThingsD that the company is “aware of this issue, and will have a fix this month.”

  • TesticularFortitude

    This is a win for the students… And a loss for Apple’s rep with schools. Better fix this ASAP.

  • abdullah575

    this is big problem need to be fixed !!

  • Mohammed Sahib

    Lets face it: iOS 7 is unfinished. I’ve been with Apple since iOS 5 and I can say iOS 7 is the buggiest release I’ve seen so far. In addition to all the jerky animations and bugs, my friend’s iPad 2 lost half of its apps spontaneously, including some stock apps (settings included)! This is not exactly the legendary reliability Apple and it iOS are know for.

    • TesticularFortitude

      In the age of computer and iCloud backups, how does this happen?

      • Mohammed Sahib

        I honestly don’t know.

  • Falk M.

    Hmmm… What are the schools’ IT departments smoking thinking that updating all devices to a .0 release without testing within a short period of time when the devices are needed is a good idea?


    Mighty Lord, I know school IT guys can be silly, but this much? Come on!

    • TesticularFortitude

      I just hope they didn’t update all of their iPads at once.

    • iGOD

      Why don’t you trust Apple? it’s your GOD!!!

      • Umut Bilgiç

        At least i dont believe in delicious tasty chocolate/candy bar robots 😀


      How dumb can you be, the iPad does it itself, why would they otherwise block over the air updates on their network

  • Erik

    I have the opposite issue. When I put proxy info into the wireless setting, the proxy just denies iOS7. iOS6 has no issues. iOS7 doesn’t seem to send over the authentication user/pass even tho it’s entered.

  • iOS 7 is already aware about this problem.

  • That’s why I hate update sometimes :3