The new Guided Access feature for iOS 6
Following on from my other blog post on the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC 2012), I wanted to highlight another overlooked aspect of the new iOS6 called Guided Access.
This was a feature that Apple originally created for people with disabilities. Essentially what the feature allows you to do is lock out certain aspects of an app or the device. For example, one of my friends has an iPad that he lets his young son play with. One of the problems that he usually has is that sometimes his son will accidentally press the Home or the Settings button on the iPad so that my friend will have to take the iPad and go back into the app for his son. With this new feature, my friend can lock out any of the buttons on the app, including the home screen, making it into a single app iPad.
The first thing that I thought of after hearing about this feature was its possible application in kiosk apps. Now that a developer can easily lock out certain aspects of the app, this opens up a myriad of possibilities for kiosk applications. In my opinion, this was a super smart move by Apple that will make the iPad a much more appealing piece of hardware for companies looking to exchange their aging kiosk and display systems.
Developers and companies should be on the lookout to capitalize on these new opportunities.