Instead, the rationale from Apple and defended by you and others is that it is better to make the entire app 17+, and deny a whole raft of people the ability to use it, on the chance that they might do the above to "get around" the Apple rating system.
It's always insightful to see the hoops that are jumped through to defend Apple.
Yes, then parents can give the device to children, turn on whatever restrictions based on those ratings, and have it work, even if the kid is trying to get around it by doing all those things.
This is not only intended to defeat 5 year olds, but 14 year olds.
If 500px would prefer to turn that switch off for everyone, then 4+ is possibly the correct rating. If they do not, then the correct rating is 17+.
The only people it prohibits from getting the app, by setting to 17+ are those whom have another person setting 17+ as inappropriate for that user.
You do know the web browser and pretty much any apps can be turned off in restrictions right? You can give the thing to a 4 year old, and the only thing you have to worry about is "will they break it" once you've locked it down correctly.
500px mislabeled their app, and as a result were allowing industrious young people who were otherwise restricted to find stuff like http://500px.com/photo/10228807 (Which I don't view as harmful PERSONALLY, but LOTS of people would find that inappropriate for a kid).
Although I notice that several web browsers in iTunes have 17+ ratings too, so at least they're consistent, maybe. According to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mercury-browser-fast-web-bro...
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity
Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor
Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Frequent/Intense Horror/Fear Themes
Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence
Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
As for children having access to the built-in web browser, certainly not if their parents don't think full web access is appropriate for them.
Please enlighten me as to how to restrict apps other than Safari, Camera, FaceTime, and iTunes, because that's all there is in that menu.
You set the rating restriction, block the communication apps, Safari, and the kid cannot go download another browser and surf. If Apple goes lax on these ratings, then those parental controls stop working.
What I want is to be able to lock down certain apps so I can hand my device to my 4-year-old and know that he's not going to get into anything except the few games I have for him. Is that not possible?
An imperfect system for your use case, for sure. An example where multi-user iPad would be great.
The whole iOS ecosystem is design with one user per device in mind. Apple ID, single user, etc.
There's a tremendous disconnect between how it should work and how it does work. If I want to put my device in "four-year-old mode", I shouldn't have to uninstall everything to get there.
However, they have started some work mainly focused on accessibility that might be good for this use. iPad only at the moment:
That said: I dislike the single user nature of the devices as well. I understand WHY they do it, but dislike it personally.
Also: iPodTouch costs about $200, which is the same as a handheld gaming handset from the likes of nintendo, etc, especially when looking at the different costs of games.
The password is not good enough, because multiple iTunes accounts can be on one device, and the kid could add a gift card to buy whatever.
I'm aware that the Touch is less expensive, but my argument is that "Just buy a separate device for your 4-year-old" is an insane line of reasoning, whether it's a $200 iPod or a $600 iPhone.
They reappear after you up the rating again (and annoying lose folder position, which is why I didn't just turn it back on).
If Restrictions are less powerful than MDM, then you can STILL delete the apps on a child's device.
Chrome disappears and reappears when I toggle down to 12+
Twitter is (mis)labeled at 4+
I don't have flipboard on my iPhone.
It did take a second for them to disappear. I'm pretty sure a turning off and on will make them disappear. They reappear instantly.
Sure, they might make the process a bit annoying, but in the end it's always possible to simply jailbreak the device. (not to mention that most 14 year olds know more about technology than their parents)
Either way, Apples goal is to make the stock software prevent it.
Also: iOS6.0 JUST got a JB. 6.1 is about to drop
I am a realist: I think parents will often care. Many others won't.