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Apple unveils 'guided access' in iOS 6, allows parents to lock children in apps

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Apple has just unveiled a "guided access" feature for iOS 6 that will allow parents to lock their children within applications by disabling physical home button and the ability to travel back out of an application.

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Apple has just unveiled a "guided access" feature for iOS 6 that will allow "parents, teachers, or administrators" to lock children within individual applications by disabling the device's physical home button and the ability to travel back out of an application. Apple specifically mentioned that the technology would be useful for children with autism, claiming that "we were surprised at how many kids with autism have been using the phones, but there are controls in apps you don't want them hitting." Guided access will allow users "confine touch input to certain parts of the screen" to fine-tune their child's experience. Apple says the feature will be "especially useful for test taking or helping someone with a disability stay focused on learning."