Apple has changed their Terms of Service to allow schools to register students under 13 years of age for Apple IDs. The move is a change from Apple’s previous policy which only allowed users over 13 to apply for an Apple account.
The new policy will allow schools to create for an Apple ID once “verifiable parental consent” has been received. What form this consent will take is currently unclear. From the updated Terms of Service:
“This iTunes Service is only available for individuals age 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.”
The policy change comes in preparation for the release of iOS7, which adds new iPad management features for schools such as allowing schools to distribute apps and iBooks to student Apple IDs. iOS7 is scheduled for release later this year.
Will this change the way you manage Apple IDs and app distribution in your school? Let us know in the comments.