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The iPad, HomePod, and Apple TV need multi-user support. Here’s why ↦

In Apple’s ideal world, we’d all have our collections of our own personal devices—preferably Apple-branded. We’d never leave the house without our iPhone or our Apple Watch (or probably both); we’d sit down on the couch, browsing the web on our own iPads while binging the latest hot new show on our personal Apple TV. And for anything that might require it, we retreat to our personal MacBooks or iMacs.

For some of us, this dream might be a reality. For others it sounds like a bit of a nightmare. After all, many of us live in households with more than one person. How many Apple TVs or iPads do we need, really? Yes, an iPhone or an Apple Watch is certainly a personal device, but why does that need to be the standard across the board?

It’s time for Apple to accept that some of us share our devices. I know! The horror! How could we let anybody, even our nearest and dearest, get their grubby paws all over our beautiful slabs of steel and glass? Well, sometimes it’s about convenience, sometimes it’s about principle, and sometimes it’s just about saving a little money. But the sooner Apple accepts that fact, the sooner it can start making its devices more friendly to multiple-user households.

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