Originally Posted by MacinScott
And I totally disagree with the post that said an iPad isn't a shared device. Any electronic device that is meant to be left on an end table, coffee table, countertop or night stand is a shared device.
Originally Posted by BUSHMAN4
And my #1 feature request:
SUPPORT FOR MULTIPLE USERS! .
This is the key to Ipad2 being a super success. Make no mistake Ipad2 will Be better than the first, the only question is will Apple beef it up enough to be the Superstar of 2011
Not picking on you in particular -- While sharing an iPad might appear desirable
, is it practical!
Think about the way a Mac is shared among several users:
-- all applications are in the /Applications folder and available to all users
-- each user has a "home" folder -- /Users/Richard, in my case
-- within the "home folder" are all the files that are unique (private) to that particular user
Most of us are familiar with the Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Movies, Music and Pictures folder contents.
The Library folder contains things unique to the user's use of the system -- things like:
-- preference settings for applications
-- status settings for applications, e.g. game level and score for this user
-- preference settings for the system
-- mail data (sent and received) including attachments
-- calendar data
-- contacts data
So, we want to sync information for multiple users to a single iPad! Lets start with a simple thing, content;
Say, we have 5 users in the home and each has 4 different [currently] favorite movies at 1.5 GB each: 5 x 4 x 1.5GB == 30 GB for movies. We have a problem with storage for movie content.
We have a similar problem for photo and music content.
OK, lets say we can cut back on the movies, photos, and music and allow each user 3 GB for his content 5 x 3GB == 30 GB.
We all can share all the games and all the apps... Right? ...Right...
...But say I was playing Bejeweled at a certain level, then quit. When I next start Bejeweled it resumes right where I left off, current game, saved scores, etc. Unless, Unless
, Sis played Bejeweled after me -- then all my status and settings are lost and replaced with hers.
This is a problem with games (and other apps) on the iPad because they are not designed like games (and other apps) on a Mac -- they do not save settings status and caches for each user.
Actually, you have a similar problem with movies. Big Sister starts watching Casa Blanca and gets half way through... little Bro gets on the iPad and starts Casa Blanca from the beginning -- Big Pister is really sissed -- little bro has lost her position in the movie. I'm Shocked!
We have a similar problem with any iPad app that saves and resumes state so the user can continue where he left off -- virtually all apps -- because they are not designed to accommodate multiple users.
OK, say, Apple, and the app developers can rectify this to work the same way as it works with multiple users on the Mac.
Assume we can share any and all apps on the iPad among multiple users.
Assume we can share common content on the iPad among multiple users.
Assume we can secure each user's private content (mail, contacts, etc.) on the iPad with a userID password..How do we cet all that stuff on the iPad?
In our household, that stuff is spread across 7 Macs and 5 Users.
Even if we could serially/cumulatively sync a single iPad to multiple Macs it would be a real PITA, and take forever.
BTW, we have 2 iPads -- soon to be 3 -- so this will be PITA x 3.
For example, we have a general rule in our household that all iTunes App Store purchases are done on a singe Mac. All iDevices sync apps from this Mac so each can have a copy of any of the apps.
Periodically, someone will get an iTunes gift card and download an App to their iDevice. It becomes difficult (sometimes impossible) to share that among the other iDevices -- sometimes we must repurchase the app.
Because of past usage, we have iTunes Music Store purchases allowed on several users on several Macs. We consolidate these on a Media-Library (Mac Mini) authorized for each iTMS account.
Individual users synch everything (except apps) on their iDevices to their individual iTMS account on whatever Mac it exists.
Each user's iDevice is synched to the central "App" Mac to get apps only.
The point of all this: without some rethinking, redesign and coordination with developers -- Multi-User support for the iPad will be, at best, a mediocre implementation -- something Apple avoids like the plague.
Hopefully, over time, Apple will address and resolve this issue.
Hopefully, Apple will do it in a way that each family member will not require ITSC training and certification -- Information Technology Sync Coordinator.
Finally, the iPad is a "magical"
device! It is so "magical"
that multiple users want to use the iPad
.. at the same time.
It may be that the "Multi-User iPad" solution is provided by N+1 iPads (where N is the number of people in the household)... Each iPad with a different color case.
I am serious about this! When you consider the cost of a PGP, computer, TV, PMP, etc. for each household member -- a $500 device for each person is a pretty cost-effective solution!