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Apple Brings Parental Controls, 3G Data Failure to iPhone OS 3.0


Another new feature has surfaced in iPhone OS 3.0 beta 5 (though it appears to have been available in beta 4, I just discovered), and this one should come as welcome news to beleaguered and frustrated developers dealing with inappropriate content-based rejection. Parental controls are now available on the iPhone, just as was hinted recently in a rejection letter to the developer of Newspaper(s), a news aggregation app.

The new controls should also please Trent Reznor, who recently had a very high-profile and vocal (albeit one-sided) argument with Apple (s aapl) over their rejection of an update to his app for objectionable content. Much like Google’s Safe Search filtering, they allow iPhone owners to restrict the types of apps which are allowed to be installed on their iPhone. This means that poor little Johnny might soon have to go without Bikini Blast, for instance, if his parents get wise to the new features.

The settings appear in the restrictions menu under General Settings, and allow you to control what apps can be installed on the phone by their age restriction, which range from 4+ to 17+, as you can see from the screenshot. You can also allow any, and disallow all, a feature which might be useful for particularly sensitive corporate use. The ratings suggest that apps will each also be rated according to the same scale, and that whatever rating the app is assigned will automatically allow or disallow it according to the new content filter.

Another new “feature” being reported is the loss of 3G data connectivity for a small number of AT&T (s att) customers who have installed the new beta, so tread carefully. That warning comes straight from Apple, so consider yourself duly warned. No word on whether that extends to any international carriers, but so far, it seems not to. Let us know if you run into trouble.

6 Responses to “Apple Brings Parental Controls, 3G Data Failure to iPhone OS 3.0”

  1. Mpfive

    Here’s the EASIEST fix of all!!!
    Go to on your iphone (this must be done from your phone for this to work, so either use wifi or disable 3G to use edge to get the connection.)
    Follow the instructions on the site as follows:
    1. Choose “create custom APN”
    2. In the available fields, type:
            APN: wap.cingular
    Username: [email protected]
    Password: cingular1
    3. Select “Create Custom Profile”
    4. When the Custom APN icon comes up in what looks like the settings page, Click INSTALL.
    All Done!! Your 3G service should be reinstated and working properly without having to use the iPhone Config Utility.
    Tell Your Friends!

  2. Chris

    Yes – OS3 beta 5 hosed my data connection here in the uk… it actually worked after he update for about 15 minutes.. then abruptly stopped, and no amount of rebooting or playing with settings seems to make it want any kind of data connection, let alone 3g!