OurPact returns to App Store, reviving debates about Apple’s impartiality

Tim Cook was on stage during the Apple event in September 2018.

While the software may be commuting from the App Store, this week has some important implications for Apple. OurPact, an app that allows parents to monitor and limit their children's use of technology, was removed this spring and returned to the App Store. The creators posted a social message to their followers early in the week informing them that the app was back on iOS.

OurPact announced that "We are grateful for helping the community through these collaborations, sharing and commenting on the future of iOS digital parenting and helping us to be able to develop family screen solutions for years to come. I look forward to it! "

OurPact was one of 11 apps in November, and in April the app store protects your child's smartphone usage from being restricted or completely removed. At the time, Apple claimed privacy concerns. The app in question claims to use mobile device management (MDM) technology capable of third party control and access "[give] on the most sensitive information and devices, including user location, app usage, email accounts, Search history. "

The affected app claimed to have attempted to reduce competition for Apple's built-in Screen Time service, which was released late last year. According to ourPact's blog post, MDM will not be able to view e-mail, calendar, contacts, SMS or iMessages, browser history, device location or other important information.

The issue is that both sides claim theirs. Apple's MDM platform was the target of exploits and malicious attacks last year. However, this is not the first time Apple has made a move that could be considered limiting its own internal services and competition.

Below: Screen shots of Apple's competing screen-time apps in iOS 12 reviews [19659007] Screen shots have major real estate near the notification area of ​​the setup app and do not interfere.


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  • Apple accurately describes this feature.


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  • Asks whether you are preparing for yourself or for one of your family.


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  • When you select a family, you will be prompted to add more descriptions and children.


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  • If you choose Family Path, you will be prompted to enter your child's Apple ID and password to add.


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  • Whichever way you choose, Screen TIme is enabled and displays this settings panel with various settings and customizable settings.


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  • There are a few additional settings at the bottom.


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  • Here we are digging deeper into the graph.


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  • There are more graphs.


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  • Tap Downtime to set the time zone for access to only the explicitly allowed apps from any iCloud device that supports screen time.


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  • If you return to the main Settings menu and tap Restrict apps, you can start the process of setting a time limit for a specific category of apps here. App limits are turned off by default.


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  • feature, you can select which app categories to limit.


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  • Here you can set a timeout and make additional changes to your app.


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  • Another key feature, "Always Allowed", is accessible from the default Screen Time Settings menu. List of apps that are excluded from downtime when you tap.


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  • Screen Time's "Content and Privacy Protection" feature provides traditional parental protection by default. You can restrict which features a child can use or which content you can view.


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  • Some additional settings in the top level Content and privacy policy menu.


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  • Here we customize iTunes and App Store purchasing content and privacy restrictions.


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  • Content settings such as TV and music.


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  • You can also set a special password for the Screen Time feature.


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  • Apple faces a similar criticism of the App Store. Two apps submitted antitrust laws to the European Union in certain cases of ourPact and screen time management. And Spotify, an independent streaming audio company that claims to have been treated unfairly to encourage listeners to listen to music. The European Union raised another claim that it should not provide its own services for an e-commerce platform managed by Apple. Blogger leadership proved to be willing to take a stern position on major US technology companies.

    Even some domestic leaders are questioning the relationship. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Said that if the presidential election in 2020 succeeds, it will break down several giant technological systems.

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