How to disable the iPad's home button, enable "Store Demo Mode" for kiosks

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Zach Christopoulos has published instructions to disable an iPad's home button. His method is very clean, and converts any app into a kiosk mode. The device does not need to be jailbroken.

The steps are very simple, using a custom mobile configuration plist.

  1. Install a special profile onto the iPad
  2. Reboot
  3. Launch any app

The iPad is now locked into the first app launched after reboot. To launch a new app, reboot first. To remove the profile, reboot, then launch Settings, then choose "Profiles", and remove the profile. Finally, reboot again.

[Update: Works on iPhones too, unsurprisingly.]

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