iPhone 3.0 Beta 5: App Store Gets Age-Based Restrictions for Parental Control

More new finds in iPhone 3.0 Beta 5: it seems like those Restriction Settings -- allowing parental control over apps based on ratings -- we heard rumored in the wake of Reznor-gate have been surfaced in the latest beta.

Options include:

  • Don't Allow Apps
  • 4+
  • 9+
  • 12+
  • 17+
  • Allow All Apps

It's still unknown, however, whether Apple will take it upon themselves to determine ratings, leave it up to developers, or use a hybrid model where devs pick a rating and Apple approves or returns it for re-rating.

Regardless, we hope -- when it's finally released to the public this summer -- it puts an end to the sillier rejections we've seen.

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.