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Apple's iOS 11

On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 11, the latest version of its operating system for the iPad and iPhone. We have found one issue that may affect you - see below. This is a free upgrade for compatible devices:

  • ios-11-ratings-reviews-switch.pngiPad Air and later
  • iPad mini 2 and later
  • iPad Pro
  • iPhone 5S and later

All of our apps seem to work well on iOS 11, but if you spot any problems, please let us know so we can fix them.

Apple have also added a useful new setting, designed to suppress in-app rating and review requests.

You can find this in Settings > iTunes & App Store.


We have never included distractions like these in our apps, but you can always ask us questions and make suggestions, by emailing us or completing our Contact Form. We always reply, usually within 24 hours.

An issue you may want to be aware of is that on iPads, the Control Centre > Access Within Apps switch is no longer present. This poses a problem if your child tends to swipe up from the bottom of the screen. We have always recommended turning this off, and oddly the switch is still available on iPhones. Raising the Control Centre on an iPad now also displays the dock, as shown here. We have been discussing this change with Apple, and we hope that the switch may be reinstated in a future update.

Meanwhile, we recommend waiting if you haven't yet upgraded to iOS 11. If you have already done so, you can instead use Apple's excellent Guided Access facility to lock your child into a single app (available since iOS 6). This means children can't just quit the app you want them to be using and choose a different one. It also allows you to disable tapping on parts of the screen - really useful for preventing little fingers finding advanced settings or in-app purchases!