As part of its new iPad in education initiative, Apple recently revised the iTunes Store’s terms and conditions to allow children under the age of 13 to open and manage their own accounts, as long as the Apple ID was requested by an “approved educational institution.” As noted by the folks over at Macworld, the revision to Apple’s long-standing stipulation was a result of the company’s iPad in education plans. The initiative would have been severely handicapped under the old rules, which led to the decision.

The new terms read the following:

This iTunes Service is only available for individuals age 13 years or older, unless you are under 13 years old and your Apple ID was provided to you as a result of a request by an approved educational institution.
The conditions which apply to the iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore and Mac App Store all note that would-be-users over the age of 13 but under the age of 18 should review the agreement with their parents or guardians before activating an account. Previously, iTunes restricted pre-teens from holding personal accounts. In order for schools to request an Apple ID for young children, the institutions must first ask and receive parental consent.

It was announced in June that Apple had won a contract to supply every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District with an iPad, which will be sold at a per-unit price of $678. With 47 campuses, L.A. Unified is the second-largest school system in the U.S., making the total deal worth roughly $30 million. Furthermore, market research published in September 2012 suggested the iPad first began replacing sales of traditional PCs to schools and students in June of that year.

We’ll have to see what Apple does next to move ahead with their planned initiative.

Source: Macworld