I am sooo not a fan of the implementation of “restrictions” in iOS; specifically the inability to recover the password. This “issue” has come to my attention because my memory is somewhat on the useless side at times, and it turns out it’s useless for remembering passwords. Not only every password for every web service I use, but the passcode for the restrictions settings on my iPhone.
Perhaps that wouldn’t be such a problem, except that I suspect, from the re-energised activity of Game Centre, that my restrictions settings disabling Game Centre multiplayer games or whatever it is were ever-so-helpfully reversed in the upgrade to iOS 6. But I can’t check whether that is in fact the case, as I can’t get at my restrictions, because I can’t remember the passcode.
I’ve tried every 4-digit code I can think of that I would generally (or even conceivably) use. After the last attempt it’s locked me out of trying another code for an hour.
Incredibly, it appears there is no way to recover or reset this passcode. At least, Apple has given us no way to do so. It can be got at on a jailbroken iPhone; there’s also a tool that can peer inside iPhone backup files, and prior to iOS 6 the restrictions passcode could be identified within that backup file … not any more.
So unless I restore my iPhone as a new device – not gonna happen – it seems I will never be able to change (or even review) my current restrictions settings. I just can’t see the logic here.