Upon reading that, my question is can the Home Button on an iPhone be blocked TEMPORARILY through the choice of the user by a set time duration in Xcode?
Yes, and no. iOS supports three different modes with restrictions on the Home button:
Users can enable Guided Access, which locks the device into a specific app.
System admins can restrict the device to running a single app via the App Lock payload. This requires the device to be supervised.
System admins and app developers can cooperate to set up Autonomous Single App Mode. Specifically:
The system admin lists the app in the
autonomousSingleAppModePermittedAppIDslist set via the Restrictions Payload.
The app developer enables and disables single app mode by calling
This also requires the device to be supervised.
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So the only way that the Home Button on the iPhone can be disabled in duration is if the device is supervised or with guided learning? Is it possible for the app itself to disable the Home Button? Without any use of MDM servers or supervision? If not, then is the answer the same about having an app disable the activation of other apps for a time duration?