Sorry Folks, Apple Isn’t Working On A Multiple-User iPad

One of the downsides of the iPad is that it is tied directly to a single user’s iTunes account — making it a device linked to one person rather than being able to be fairly shared.  We’ve seen a few cool concepts about how a multi-user iPad might work, but never any inkling that Apple was interested. Now a form response from Apple is getting everyone excited about the possibility, even though there’s no proof. AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is aware of that people want multiple users, and is working on it. Unfortunately, that might not be the case.

This comes after a developer filed a bug report asking for multi-user support, and was emailed a response saying “after further investigation it has been determined that this is a known issue, which is currently being investigated by engineering.”

Naturally, everyone jumped on board claiming that Apple is working on multiple-user support. That’s not what’s happening here at all. That’s a form email that Apple sends whenever anyone submits a duplicated bug report. Don’t believe me? Check out these examples: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

I’d love to see multiple users on an iPad, but this isn’t evidence of that.

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