Some manufacturers made smaller tablets– lighter than the iPad. Others, Microsoft for example, touted the physical keyboard and Microsoft Office to differentiate the Surface from the iPad. Here’s a feature that other tablets have that you’re not likely to see in an iPad any time soon.
You Or Users?
The iPhone’s small screen size meant that competitors could differentiate their smartphones from Apple’s by selling phones with a larger screen size.
Recently I saw a television commercial which highlighted a tablet feature which I would like to have but that Apple won’t put into an iPad.
Multiple users. User accounts. More than one user space for each iPad.
The Mac and OS X has the capability of having multiple users, each with access to the installed apps, but each with their own user space for photos, music, contacts, calendar, email and files.
Some Android-based tablets and even Microsoft’s slow selling Surface tablet have multiple user accounts built in.
Not Apple. Why?
There’s no technological reason why iOS cannot support multiple user accounts. iOS is built on OS X, and OS X supports multiple user accounts. To Apple, it’s math.
Instead of sharing an iPad between two or three people in a household, Apple would prefer that everyone have their own iPad. Why?
Apple makes more money when each user has their own iPad than if one iPad would be used for multiple users in a household. iPads are a good hand-me-down product in many households which results in new sales to the same customer with each new model release.
More iPads per household means more money for Apple, hence no multiple user accounts for iPad.