08/05 Update below. This post was originally published on August 2
iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 had a rocky start to life, with iPhone 14 and 14 Pro users particularly hard hit. Subsequent updates have done much to correct this, but now Apple has confirmed another significant problem impacting all iPad and iPhone owners.
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Apple acknowledged an ongoing bug that affects its Screen Time feature, a parental control tool on iPhones and iPads, which allows children to bypass time limits and access potentially unsafe content without their knowledge.
“We are aware that some users may be experiencing an issue where Screen Time settings are unexpectedly reset. We take these reports very seriously and we have been, and will continue, making updates to improve the situation,” said an Apple spokesperson.
Screen Time enables parents to remotely manage their child’s iPad or iPhone by setting restrictions on device usage during specific times, implementing time limits for apps, and blocking inappropriate content. The bug causes the time limits and content restrictions to reset or fail to synchronize across all devices within a Family Sharing group.
Apple previously addressed a Screen Time settings issue in May’s iOS 16.5 update. However, the fix has clearly not worked, and there are numerous reports from parents across forums and social media who are still encountering the problem on iPhones and iPads running the iOS 16.6/iPadOS 16.6 releases and even the iOS 17/iPadOS 17 public betas.
Screen Time was introduced in 2018 as part of iOS 12, providing parents with a native solution for controls that previously required third-party apps. The feature has since become a critical tool for families to manage and monitor screen time habits.
Apple has provided no timeline for its Screen Time fix, but with iOS 17 dropping support for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, 5th-gen iPad and first-gen iPad Pro, it really must come to iOS 16. iOS 17 is released next month. The clock is ticking.
08/04 Update: Further details about the Screen Time bug have now emerged, as well as steps you can take to minimize its…