Apple hints at multiple-user iPad in leaked e-mail

May 9, 2012

Days of one-user-only tablet may be numbered as Apple prepares to unveil iOS 6

EVER SINCE Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, there have been complaints that the operating system, iOS, does not support the option of having separate accounts for different users sharing the same tablet.

Now, a leaked email response to a developer suggests a multiple-user iPad might be in the pipeline.

T3 reports that while the iPad has traditionally been a one-per-user device in terms of iTunes accounts, apps, email and more, the company is now looking to respond to fanboy and developer demands to allow different log-in accounts on each tablet.

In an emailed reply to a developer, a member of Apple's Worldwide Developer Relations group says the issue is known to the company and a solution may be in the works.

"After further investigation it has been determined that this is a known issue, which is currently being investigated by engineering," the email reads. This could simply mean that the issue has been raised before, but the timing is intriguing.

Apple is a few weeks away from taking the wraps off "the future of iOS" at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The show is expected to unveil the latest iteration of the operating system, iOS 6. A full release is likely to coincide with Apple's next iPhone later this year.

Meanwhile, The San Francisco Chronicle urges forecasters to "raise their iPad sales estimates" as Apple announced the launch of the market-leading tablet in 30 new territories this weekend. It had previously been announced that the iPad would launch in Brazil, but in a surprise move a further 29 countries were listed on Apple's iPad availability page.

"Analysts should try to keep this fact in mind when making their predictions for iPad sales this quarter," the paper says. "Apple just increased the number of markets where one can buy an iPad by more than 50 per cent."

This brings the number of countries where the iPad is available to nearly 90. Just two weeks ago, Apple brought its tablet to India and eight other countries.

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