iOS: an Apple patent describes (finally) a multi-user management system

iOS devices, especially iPads, are very sophisticated machines. In particular thanks to a very sophisticated operating system. However, for all these years, an important functionality has been missing …

The operating systems on our computers for a very long time have offered to manage different users, different sessions, each with its own configuration, with different accounts on a particular service. However, this is not possible on iOS . But that could change soon …

Apple Patent Cites Multi-User Session System for iOS

Currently, Apple devices running iOS are limited to one user per device. This is unlike a computer where multiple users can authenticate through their own account to use their preferences and files in more or less isolation. However, it would seem that, in the more or less near future, iOS devices may allow this multi-user management.

At least, that’s what a patent filed by Apple some time ago suggests. The Cupertino company is reportedly considering the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčintroducing this long-awaited multi-user support on its iOS devices. According to the document accompanying the patent, “a device could manage multiple passwords and associated encryption keys, with those different passwords and encryption keys that would be associated with different user accounts on the system.”

A long overdue feature

Apple currently offers some sharing features. The apple brand offers a family offering for its services that allow members of the same household to share in-app purchases, cloud storage , music streaming, and more. That being said, it is still impossible to use different user sessions on the same device. This patent could change all that.

It will be interesting to see whether Apple makes this patent a reality or not. Devices like the iPad are often used in schools for education. Being able to use different accounts would be very useful if the tablet is to be shared between students and teachers. This could also allow parents to create restricted accounts for their children and no longer see with dismay that their dear little blond head has spent $ 16,000 on in-app purchases

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