I’ve been trying to keep up with all of the latest news surrounding the iOS 8 parental controls updates, and the latest was an article by an iPhone user, entitled “Parents with kids on iPhone 8,9,10 and iPad mini 2.”
The author, who went by the username “Dakota Johnson,” was originally writing for a site called “Dad Geek” (the name of his former employer, DadTech), which features a bunch of popular iPad related articles.
However, the article that was posted on June 6, 2017 is the most popular among all of his articles, and it’s been widely shared by his many fans.
Johnson was one of the first people to voice his concerns about the iOS parental controls update, and he was one who, like many others, was worried that the iOS 7.0.2 update might not be adequate.
I was also one of those who was concerned that the update might also be affecting parents who had already switched to iOS 8.0 or iOS 9.0, and that it would also be impacting children with parents on older iPhones and iPads.
“What does it mean for kids on iPhones?
It means that parents with kids will have to update their iOS devices to iOS 9 or iOS 10,” he wrote in the article.
“That means if you have kids on an older iPad or iPhone, you’ll have to upgrade to iOS 10 or iOS 11.”
Johnson’s concerns were valid, and in many cases validating.
I have no idea how accurate the iOS 9 update is.
So I’m not sure if he’s right.
He’s also not clear about the impact that iOS 9 will have on children with iPhones.
“It doesn’t seem like it’s going to be any worse for kids with parents with iPhones than it is for parents with older iPads,” Johnson wrote in his article.
That said, the fact that Johnson’s article was shared over 4,000 times suggests that he may have been one of a few who shared his concerns, and his fears were valid.
But he was not correct.
“As of now, I am still using my older iPad and iPhone as my primary iPad, and I still have no plans to switch to iOS 11,” he said in his post.
“I don’t think I’m going to have a major impact on my kids’ iOS devices, but I do think that it will make it easier for them to access apps and content on older iOS devices and devices in the future.”
Johnson may have a point, and perhaps not as much as he thought.
But what does that mean?
Well, the first thing that’s obvious is that there’s no evidence that iOS 8 or iOS 8 Pro will be any better for children.
While the latest iOS 9 upgrade might be marginally better, and may actually make iOS 8 better, it’s not going to make iOS 9 worse, and Apple’s current plans to introduce iOS 9 Pro and iOS 9 are not designed to be good for kids.
So there is no evidence at all that iOS 7 or iOS 7 Pro will make iOS 11 worse.
Johnson’s biggest problem, of course, is that he’s using an older iOS device.
Johnson had originally been using a iPhone 6, which he also used to update his iOS devices.
But that device was an iPhone 6S, which, like the iPhone 6s Plus, has been updated to iOS 12, so Johnson can no longer update his devices.
“The only reason I’m using my iPhone 6 is that it’s the cheapest option to me,” Johnson said.
“There’s no reason for me to use an iPhone with an older screen, and to have an older CPU, and a smaller screen.”
And while Johnson did initially report his concerns to Apple, it appears that Johnson was not contacted by the company for his concerns.
“Apple did not contact me at all,” he told me.
“They did not email me back at all.
I didn’t get a response from Apple at all.”
So there’s that.
Johnson is not wrong in saying that the current iOS versions aren’t good for children, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
The problem is that Apple doesn’t know what it’s doing.
It’s not clear what changes Apple is going to introduce to iOS over the next few months, and if those changes are going to impact the way children interact with apps or content.
Johnson said that he hopes that Apple will be more transparent about its plans, and is working on a way for users to tell Apple when their devices are upgraded to iOS 6 or older.
“If Apple is transparent and is doing what they say they’re going to do, then it should be okay,” Johnson told me in an email.
“However, I’m afraid Apple is not going do that.
I have concerns that the iPhone will be affected, and parents will have a hard time finding apps or children will have problems accessing content on old