iPhone 13, iPad: future devices would support multiple user accounts

According to a new Apple patent, iPhone 13 or later and iPads should soon support multiple user accounts. A particularly useful feature, for example, for children. The feature has been around for a long time on Android, but it is far from easy to activate in addition to being impacted by performance issues.

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Our colleagues at AppleInsider have spotted a new patent filed by Apple – around the support for multiple user accounts in future iPhones and iPads. The patent is spartan. It simply describes a abstract device capable of managing multiple user accounts. We thus read the description of a “Computing device which may employ multiple passwords and associated encryption keys in which such multiple passwords or encryption keys are likely to be associated with different user accounts on the system”

And the patent to continue “Before a user can have access to data stored on the computing device, the user would be asked to validate his authentication via the login screen ”. We can imagine a login system in iOS where the lock screen password would serve as the account picker – one password per account. This possibility would be really welcome especially for those who have children and who want to create a dedicated, safe environment for them, without any inappropriate content, without going through parental controls.

We note of course that all the patents filed by Apple do not necessarily all materialize. But we can see this happening quickly, maybe even from iOS / iPadOS 15 and iPhone 13. Finally, you should know that Android has already had a multi-account system for years (long before Android 5.0). However Google has never invested too much time in it, to the point that the support is a bit limited – we hear, it’s a real multi-user management, but it affects performance, and you have to activate this mode manually at the cost of hacking not necessarily very general public.

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In general, it is moreover rather the manufacturers who activate this upstream in certain devices on which this is justified … We can also read on the Android help pages: “Starting with Android 5.0, multi-user functionality is disabled by default. To enable the feature, device manufacturers must define a resource overlay that overrides the following values ​​in frameworks / base / core / res / res / values ​​/ config.xml “… Yum !

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Source: AppleInsider