Dear Apple - iPad is NOT a personal device like iPhone


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I love my iPad. I no longer walk around the house with a laptop (although my Macbook Air is not a very heavy thing to carry around in the first place) and it's so cool that the iPad apps are so great to work with. I have my Dropbox app, Evernote, Nozbe for iPadProductive Magazine, Reeder to read news, Penultimate to sketch stuff... and even LogMeIn to log in to my home PC server... and while I love this setup, I also have a problem with it.

The thing is - my wife also uses our iPad and she loves it.

You see, iPad is our "family computer" - a thing that we pick up to read news, do some browsing, do some sketching and view videos... and we both use it very happily... but there's no way to configure it for a multi-user environment. My wife doesn't want to see all of my stuff and I don't want to see my wife's dozens of solitaire games... I'd like to customize it for myself... and I need to take compromises with my wife.

And my baby girl who loves the pocket pond HD.

I can't justify buying another iPad for my wife. We don't use it THAT much.

That's another thing - iPad is a casual reading/browsing device and we don't use it that much to justify a purchase of another one. We love it as a family computer. My wife has an iPhone, I have an iPhone... and we both have the iPad and it's OK like this.

Dear Apple, please understand that iPad is not a personal device

It's a family device - and I have 64GB of memory so it's not a problem to share even iTunes libraries from different users. I'd want my iPad to sync with my computer and my username there and my wife's computer with her username... but even if you don't give us a sync, just give us a way to create new users and play with the current apps and help people make their profiles there.

Let's say we both want to use Reeder for RSS reading (me and my wife) - there's no way for us to set it up like this. We need to get around it and it's not in align with Apple's "easy to use" policy.

Sadly in the newest iOS update the multi-user support is not there.

I know Apple you want to sell lots of iPads, but think about your users for a second. I'm your good customer, I own lots of Apple hardware but I refuse to buy more iPads for my family. We need just one and we want to share it. I don't want to share my iPhone and neither does my wife with her iPhone... but we do want to have one iPad in our family with each other's personal profile.

Do you think iPad is a personal device or a family device?

Posted on Monday, November 15, 2010 (apple,ipad,productivity)

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Mike K
Nov 16, 2010 05:13
I understand your situation and I hope Apple supports you in future versions of iOS, but for me, the iPad is very personal as I use it all the time. No one else would ever get a chance to use it. Nozbe alone makes that true. Keep making Nozbe better and fix the iPad app issues and you will make that even more true.
Nov 16, 2010 06:58
So you want to convince Steve Jobs to have a new strategy for Apple to sell less iPads?
Michael Sliwinski
Nov 16, 2010 09:46
iPad is a family/home tablet and that's why I believe it should be multi-user. Steve should know that it's not likely people will be buying 4 iPads for all members of their family. Maybe 2 - one for parents and one for kids... but not more... I think...

Yes, TesTeq, I know Steve is hard to get convinced.

Mike, we're working hard on a new version of Nozbe iPad app and we're constantly improving it. Next up is a lot faster sync process :-)

Thanks for your comments guys and let's hope Steve hears us out.

John R
Nov 16, 2010 10:44
100% right Michael. I do not have an iPad and we are a 50-50 apple vs PC family. I would buy a tablet as a family casual use device, but not just for one of us.
Michael Sliwinski
Nov 16, 2010 11:42
Hope Apple will eventually realize they ought to support multiple user accounts on the iPad to boost sales among folks new to the platform (and realize they won't make us buy several $0.5G tablets just because Steve wants us to). Thanks for your comment, John!
Dec 3, 2010 21:13
I'd say, iPad is more a personal device rather than a family computer to me, but at the end it's all up to the users, so I get your point ;-).

Have you tried organizing your apps with folders? They came with the newest iOS update.

Michael Sliwinski
Dec 6, 2010 19:50
Folders are not a solution to the fact that iPad should be multi-user. I can't have two mail apps in two different folders :-) But yes, folders do come in handy anyway. I'd still hope for a more multi-user solution from Apple. Thanks for your comment Tomeqq!