L.A. School District stops free Apple iPad program after students hack through security feature

L.A. School District stops free Apple iPad program after students hack through security feature
The L.A. School District has halted a program that planned on distributing free Apple iPads to all 640,000 students in the district by next year. Apparently, some of the students attending Theodore Roosevelt High School had hacked their iPad within a week, allowing them to surf the web. It was this security concern that forced the School District to halt the program.

The original deal that Apple made with the educators was to supply 35,000 iPads for $30 million with the remaining students expected to receive their tablet next year. But the $1 billion program appears to be in jeopardy as some of the high school students at Roosevelt and at other schools discovered that by deleting their personal profile information from the tablet, the security restrictions would be disabled. Suddenly, the students had use of the device's browser allowing them to visit otherwise blocked sites such as Twitter and Facebook.


L.A. Unified School District Police Chief Steven Zipperman said in a confidential memo obtained by the L.A. Times, that this is the best time to halt the program before the word spreads on social media sites on how to bypass the security of the school issued iPads.





source: LATimes via MacRumors

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69 Comments

1. Sauce unregistered

Put any tablet in the wrong hands at the wrong school and you're just giving them a tablet for fun. Put any tablet in the right hands at the proper school and the students will maximize the benefit they get from receiving these, whatever it may be/intended for.

3. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Be it an iPad or any other tablet you're just asking for trouble when giving them to students. They WILL find a way to hack and jailbreak stuff. Some will utilize it properly, but never the majority that would justify these expensive programs.

31. Sauce unregistered

You are not seeing my point, but okay.

51. maysider

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

No, iPad (iOS) has the most vulnerable system in the world and that's proved again, just search: "iPhone is most vulnerable, least secure smartphone" Only a limited person is able to buy such a device for work But in the USA you can legally read everyone's communication so no wonder

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

You statement reminds me Apple's: "You're holding it wrong!". The fact that kids can bypass security on the iPad or any other modern devices, just proves that they are creative and smart kids and I don't see anything wrong with that. If security is weak it is your problem, don't blame the kids, just increase security level instead of blaming other because of your own flaws!

15. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

The security hole is in the school's software, it's not Apple's fault

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Did I said that it is Apple's fault?

23. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

stop being an a$$

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In current situation, In which way I'm ass?

55. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

He didn't say anything inflammatory. You're the one that's being an "ass" right about now.

62. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Thank you, JMartin22.

67. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well said and true Dam right it's Apples fault! O wait their never wrong! Always making excuses saying: that's not right or "holding it and using it wrong" ™

50. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Im surprised that Apple wouldnt be able to do some kind of special software set for this, or do something like Blackberry does where enterprise restrictions can be placed to control the device. The school district may wanna consider Android. Im sure they can get manufacturers bidding for the opportunity of 650k devices.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I'm not surprised! Also check this out, here is a list of bugs on iOS 7:http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1644922

4. nerdylish

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

Far far less than the bugs in Android 4.3. https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/list

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

How old is Android 4.3 and how old is iOS 7 ? Also Android OS has much more features compared to iOS 7 so chance to find a bug is greater.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Dude read he report, many of those are either development bugs or isolated personal issues, most of them not directly related to 4.3 at all

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Say that to nerdylish not to me.

12. nerdylish

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

Fanboy in denial

28. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Mmm how am I I'm denial again? I mean I just debunked your so called "source" you should at least read what you are about to post stop embarasing yourself

32. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Here you go, some of your "4.3 bugs" and what they actually arehttp://www.imgur.com/A0WzUiu.png

11. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Android 4.3 was released on 24th July and iOS 7 was released on 18th September. Lol, what a douche!

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Sorry, my mistake, I thought that talks goes about 4.2, I was in the rush. And anyway my statement "Android OS has much more features compared to iOS 7 so chance to find a bug is greater." still stands the ground. Also read protozeloz comment #9.

22. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Android 4.2 was introduced even earlier! 13 November 2012! LOL, height of douchery!

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Android 4.2 was introduced even earlier!" Exactly! No read my comment #17 and try to understand it again instead of insulting.

30. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

o be honest iOS was announced on the summer (back with marverics), anyways the "page full of android bugs" are not even 4.3 related bugs many are based on development applications (mainly the new beta android studio) or isolated issues they people post (like my 3G sucks or I can't get how to work my galaxy S4) Real bug trackers are not on that page... Also calling someone a douche doesn't make you right

64. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Thank you, protozeloz.

33. Sauce unregistered

Exactly. How old is 4.3 and iOS7. More time to clean stuff up on 4.3, seeing that it's been out for a while. iOS7 was just released. Coming out of beta doesn't mean it has been cleansed of all unholy evils that will haunt devices with minuscule flaws. It is reasonable that there are bugs on iOS7, and it is also reasonable that bugs will consistently exist on ANY platform. It's just a matter of execution, which is a different topic as a whole.

63. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

iOS7 was just released and there is already so many bugs and it was exactly my point.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

EH dude, many of those aren't 4.3 bugs some are for android studio (an application) witch is in beta, and development related bugs/suggestions

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