User ac­counts

Want an ac­count for kids, guests or some­one else? We cer­tainly want more than just the one

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Ap­ple clearly be­lieves iPhones and iPads are in­her­ently per­sonal de­vices, owned and man­aged by a sin­gle per­son. That’s all well and good if you hap­pen to be well off, but it’s not re­al­is­tic for many peo­ple. Ad­di­tion­ally, there are times when you want to tem­po­rar­ily hand over your de­vice to some­one, but don’t want them to have ac­cess to your data.

This is why we want to see mul­ti­ple user ac­counts come to iOS. We doubt Ap­ple would ever budge to the de­gree of pro­vid­ing Mac-like user ac­counts, but per­haps some kind of com­pro­mise would be pos­si­ble. For ex­am­ple, we’d be happy with a stripped-back ‘child’ ac­count, to min­imise ‘dam­age’ when a young per­son wants to have a go on your de­vice. Al­ter­na­tively, a guest ac­count that wipes it­self clean when closed could be an­other op­tion, al­beit a sub‑op­ti­mal one com­pared to full user ac­counts.

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