Is the iPad a single-user device?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by smithrh, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Is it like the iPhone in that it's designed for just one user, or will it support multiple users?

    I'm looking to get one for a family I know. If it's single-user, that may be OK as long as you can lock the screen with a passcode.

  2. dave1812dave macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    in it's current form it is single user.
  3. smithrh thread starter macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Thanks - I assume it can be locked?
  4. dave1812dave macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
  5. tdream macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2009
    Making it multiuser would be... counterintuitive... to selling the things. :)
  6. smithrh thread starter macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    I agree and disagree.

    Yes, for families that have money, buying multiple iPads is going to be the way to go.

    Other families are not so fortunate and will have to share one - or not buy one at all, because then Jane and John will be able to see all of the stuff that the other has.

    Again, not a huge deal as long as it can be locked from prying eyes (and fingers).
  7. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    it'd be nice in this regard to be able to lock/protect by app. e.g. Mail is one I can think of, maybe Facebook, that I wouldn't want general eyes/hands on, whether family or guests - too much havoc they could wreak!
  8. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    It's one of those things none of the reviewers have thought to mention. A clear oversite on Apple's part as far as I'm concerned if it's not included. Of course everyone at Apple that has had one to play with or work on may never have even considered the need.
  9. citi macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2006
    Simi Valley, CA
    it's only an oversight if Apple didn't think about that scenario, which I'm quite sure they did.

    I can tell you this, I will buy another iPad just so my wife is not suckling mine.
  10. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    The MacBook costs as much as the top-tier iPad and its multi-user.
  11. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    I agree one for anyone that wants one is a better concept for Apple, and those getting them. But at over $500 and something no one will need to use every awake moment, multi-user accounts would have made me think "$250 per user, sounds about right for trek PADD" and I'd have one on the way already. I might have upgraded to $300 per user even. My wife and I are rarely both on a laptop in the living room after work. We get along well enough that we can even share such things.

    IMHO rather than fewer sales I bet Apple would sell more if the iPad had multi-user login capability.
  12. kernkraft macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    It would be a genuine requirement. Imagine that you play a family game or the iPad is passing from one family member to another. Why don't you just let them see your emails? Why is it a problem that while you are in the office, your Facebook status shows it to your boss that you are doing something else?

    Surely, there is a need to restrict access...

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