We also have an aging iMac which anyone can use, including visitors with Guest User privileges. Otherwise, everyone else in the family can use that Mac, too, because it has a gargantuan hard disk drive, and that means Photos, Desktop Files, Documents, and everything else we use on our personal Macs get backed up to the family iMac, too.
Smart, right? What’s the secret sauce? Multiuser mode. That’s right. A Mac running macOS comes with the Unix and Linux standard multiple user mode which gives every user their own file space. How cool is that?
This big old iMac does almost everything our individual Mac notebooks (and a Mac mini parked someplace in the downstairs family room) can do, including browser bookmarks, login IDs and passwords, email, and Messages.
The Mac is the one Apple device that everyone in the family can use, and it’s even accessible to visitors who need to check email or browse.
Multiuser mode is a godsend and anyone who uses it loves. Schools and businesses use multiuser mode on PCs, too, so where is iPadOS multiuser mode?
After all, iPadOS (formerly known as iOS) is based upon Mac OS X (as it was known back in the day, back before macOS Whatever) so multiuser capability is built in.
Where is it on iPadOS or iOS on current iPads?
Multiuser capability is non-existent, a big no-show that isn’t likely to show up at any time in the future. Why not?
Apple would rather that households, schools, organizations, and business buy a single iPad for each user, than allow one iPad to be used for multiple people.
There’s also a reason why an iPad is not quite a Mac in capabilities and may never reach the same level of capabilities.
Apple is a hardware company and that means Apple wants customers to buy as much hardware as possible. Not content to just be the Mac company, Apple launched iPod. More money. Then iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and, well, you get the idea.
No multiuser iPad for you.