Unlike the iPhone, the iPad is used in many households as a mobile computer that is used by many, if not all, members of a family. While many households have an iPhone per family member, it doesn’t seem nearly as common to have each person with a personal iPad. I don’t know whether it’s because of price, size, or a combination of both, but the iPad seems to be used as much more of a family device.
One thing that the iPad is sorely lacking is multiple user accounts. Having a family unit is great and all, but many want to have their own pictures in their photo collection, their own apps on their home screens, and their own websites in their favorites. Nobody has figured out solutions to the first two problems, but the third may have been solved by an innovative new app called Switch.
Switch, from Mechanical Teeth, offers users a browsing experience that lets each user their own password protected account. Each account gets its own history, bookmarks, and tabs, allowing each user to browse the web without everyone in the house knowing what they are doing. Of course, the inclusion of multiple accounts also allows personal iPad owners to switch between their own interests, giving you access to a work only account, a school only account, and a casual account for your few free moments.
Hopefully Switch will spark some interest into multiple user account development… enough to make Apple take notice. All the apps in the world are great, but if Apple would add some multi-user functionality to their next iOS update, the world would be a much better place (well… maybe just slightly better). In the meantime, be sure to pick up Switch from the App Store today.
Released: 2010-11-25 :: Category: Productivity
Tagged with: iPad, safari, Switch, web browser