In Apple's ideal world, we all wanted our collections of our own personal devices – preferably the Apple brand. We would never leave the house without our iPhone or our Apple Watch (or probably both); We sat on the couch, surfing the web on our own iPads while binging the latest hot new show on our personal Apple TV. And for anything that may require it, we will retreat to our personal MacBooks or iMacs.
For some of us, this dream can be a reality. For others it sounds like a nightmare. After all, many of us live in households with more than one person. How many Apple TV or iPads do we need, really? Yes, an iPhone or an Apple Watch is definitely a personal device, but why does it need to be the standard across the board?
It's time for Apple to accept that any of us shares our devices. I know! Horror! How could we let someone, even our closest and dear, have their dirty paws over our beautiful plates of steel and glass? Well, sometimes it's about convenience, sometimes it's a principle, and sometimes it's just about saving some money. But the sooner Apple accepts it, the sooner it can start making the devices more user-friendly to more users.
More of a "wePad"
Arguments are good if the iPad is not a "computer"
Certainly, it is feasible; You can transfer iPad to your other, if you want to watch something online, or maybe even see something on Netflix. But it becomes very clear that they are only guest in someone else's house. They can not get their iMessages or their email (and they can access you), they are not logged in to their social media accounts, and most criminals of all, their Netflix viewing habits will lose the algorithm's suggestion to du .
What iPad needs in this case is no less than separate accounts, linked to separate Apple IDs and iCloud accounts, giving access to each user's individual settings, apps, and media. Each user has a separate password to log in to their account or, even better, on the new iPad Pro, it only recognizes who you are via Face ID.
Believe it or not, it's actually the precedence of this system on the iPad. Apple offers a multifunctional iPad educational system that provides different accounts so that any student can pick up an iPad and make it their iPad. It would be great to see a similar system brought to all iPad users, and maybe even combined with the Family Sharing features that users already have. That way, you can cope not just which users can do it, but also enforce Screen Time limits so the kids do not end up fighting who's playing on the iPad.
Mi HomePod es su HomePod
Apple's smart speaker gives good sound, but in many of the other features it falls out of competitors. And it will not surprise you to hear, one of these limitations is that it does not recognize more users. Although I'm sure there are many people living alone and are very happy that their HomePod will work for them and them alone, many of us will want more support.
Many HomePod features now work well for multiple users: someone can ask a timer or ask for the weather, or (assuming someone's Apple Music subscription is hooked to it) play a song. But when it comes to accessing calendars, calling or sending or reading iMessages, it will be useful for HomePod to handle it for more than just a person in a household. At the same time, it will help ensure that other people in the house do not (accidentally or intentionally) get someone else's personal messages.
This is a more difficult issue than your regular user setup, given relative lack of user interface, but given that the Hey Siri training feature on iOS devices already helps prevent other people from being triggered by the virtual assistant on iPhone or iPad, Looks like it's a good stepping stone to build more robust multi-user support. In addition, competitors like Amazon and Google already offer this feature on their smart home speakers; it's another place Apple can stand to follow the example of its rivals and possibly surpass them.
TV for Everyone
While you may have more than one TV in your house, you can not have them assigned to each specific person. The same goes for the Apple TV, and yet the set-top box itself is linked to a particular iCloud account, which means that all its apps are also linked to just one person.
Some services, such as Netflix and Hulu, have created their own end period in this case so you can create multiple profiles on a single account and it's a good start, but it would be best if Apple were embracing that philosophy through the whole tvOS. For example, the TV app allows us to track our charts separately from the others in our households; Everything we do not see all the same things.
And like on iPad, it would be useful to create a mode for Apple TV that parents can manage through Family Sharing and Screen Time, and make sure the kids do not shoot the TV when they should do their homework. Various profiles can be protected with PIN codes, or whichever s you want it very fancy here, making $ 59 Siri Remote earn by building in a Touch ID sensor to recognize who uses it.
For Apple, we can all be customers, but we are not replaceable gears. The company should realize that we will not necessarily go out and buy the stupid products for every person in our household and stop unwilling to ignore the reality of how we use our devices.