Wait. What? The Mac is multi-user? Yep. And it has been forever. Well, alright. Not exactly forever. But since Mac OS X launched at the early part of the most recently new century. The Mac has a guest user mode, but can be set up to handle multiple users.
Here’s how it works and how it should work on an iPad Pro.
On the Mac, open System Preferences, click on Users & Groups, click the lock and enter your password to make changes. Want another user? Click on the Plus sign below Login Options, add a username and a password, and, well, you’re done. Your Mac now has two users. Each one uses the Mac’s system files and applications, but user files are segregated. The other user can’t see your email, or use your Safari bookmarks, or check out those incriminating photos in Photos.
All the user files are kept separate from other users. Apple even builds in a Guest User option to macOS so you can have someone use your Mac without using your files and once they sign out or restart, all of whatever they did and whatever files they created on your Mac is erased.
I would appreciate both features on a future iOS for iPad, and if Apple wants to add value to iPad Pro, put the multiple user capability only on the Pro model, but not the entry-level iPad.
What’s the advantage of a multi-user iPad Pro?
For Apple, absolutely nothing except customer good will. In fact, such a feature might cause iPad Pro sales to increase– because it more easily differentiates value from the entry-level model iPad which starts at $329– or it might cause iPad Pro sales to drop because a family could have a single iPad for multiple family members.
I don’t care.
If the Mac has a multiple user option then why not iPad Pro? The options makes it easier to troubleshoot a Mac that has gone wonky so it might help iPad users, too (though, admittedly, I have fewer problems on an iPad than a Mac), but it would be a good way to allow children, friends, or family to use your iPad for awhile without worrying that they will contaminate the device or mess up your files.
multi-user mode works well on the Mac and would be even more valuable on an iPad Pro.
Why won’t Apple put multi-user mode into iOS for iPad? Money.
What about iPhone? That’s different because a phone is more personal and seldom gets shared the same way we share Mac or iPhone.
iPad needs a multi-user option. The time has come.