Time of Use, the new feature of iOS 12 that measures in detail how we’re using our time with iOS devices, is proving very useful for those of us who use the iPhone intensively to educate ourselves and reduce the time we spend on non-essential things. At the same time, that Time of Use also serves to apply what used to be the parental restrictions on the device.
But of course, law enforcement… …the trap is set. When a restraint prevents a child from playing Candy Crush, that child will often thoroughly investigate how to get around that restraint. And between all of them they have found two ways to skip the Time of Use records in iOS 12 .
The first one is very simple: change the time of the device . If Time of Use is set so that at 22:00 all games stop working… then the clock is set back and that’s it. It can’t be avoided, but parents can find out that this option has been touched simply by looking at whether the terminal time is correct.
The measures that Apple can apply in this case are also simple: block the time change option using the same restriction block code. This way children would not be able to change the time and the blocking of the applications would be effective.
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The other one is more clever: when the time of use of a certain game is over, the child can uninstall it and install it again . All the usage time records for that game are reset, so you can play again without any problems. The good news is that this can be avoided by activating the restriction so that children cannot install applications on the device.
Gradually these restrictions will be refined through iOS updates, I have no doubt. Apple takes the issue of content and restrictions with minors very seriously, so these tricks can be more easily prevented in the future.