Originally Posted by Rogifan
iPad sales are pretty much flat to down. A lot of speculation out there thinks one reason is iPad is being shared, that it's not just a single person device. Leaving out user accounts/profiles to force people to buy multiple devices doesn't seem like it follows Apple's mantra of making the best products. I'm sure parents would love to have a way for their kids to use their iPad and be able to restrict what they have access too. The idea that young kids should have their very own iPad is ridiculous, IMO. I'm hoping when Apple brings Touch ID to the iPad they incorporate user profiles. Other tablets do this already so I don't see why Apple couldn't do the same.
Why is this ridiculous? I can't count the number of coworkers that have told me that all their kids have their own
iPad. A number of them have said their kids having the iPad mini actually works better for them as well. It is a mobile/personal device.
I don't see the need for user profiles. These things are made for a single iTunes account to make iTunes/App Store purchases/downloads. So if you have different user profiles do they share the same iTunes account? That goes against Apple's revenue stream. Do the individual profiles have their separate iTunes accounts? If so, how do you handle space limitations when one user downloads a movie that the other doesn't have access to? Now Billy can't download Angry Birds Star Trek because Johnny downloaded Brave in HD and it's taken up all the memory. Or, do you silo memory for each account (which isn't done with PCs out of the box)? My guess is the challenges to user accounts on these devices outweigh the want in the consumer sector for individual profiles.
Hell, do you and your spouse share a laptop? Or do you each have your own? I know me and my g/f have had our own laptops since we've been together. In most cases with most couples/families I'm guessing it is the latter. Why should the iPad be different. Sure you have the ability
to create profiles on PCs but that is becoming less mainstream.
To me there are three use cases for profiles:
1. iPad shared with parents and child
- parents want to download their own stuff and silo what their kids can use (edge case)
2. iPad shared between adults/teens
- laptops and PCs are less and less shared between two adults and definitely not shared between teens
3. iPad shared between kids
- they don't need to download individually and can share what's on one iPad without the need for different profiles
Other edge cases are work iPads (no one at work shares a PC with profiles and really never has) or creating "guest" accounts. None of these needs are paramount enough for Apple to introduce this functionality.