An interesting patent has been uncovered by AppleInsider that shows a way Apple could use gestures to grant access to specific apps and iOS device functions on a per-user basis. The patent would be an interesting implementation of something many iOS device users want: individual user accounts on their iPhone and iPads.
iPads in particular are often used in a family setting, where one iPad may be used by everyone in the house. The ability to grant each user access based on gestures could mean that a child could use a custom gesture to unlock the iPad and have access to Safari, videos and games, but not his parents' contacts or iMessages. The use of gestures would overcome a potentially cumbersome user login screen.
Of course, Apple patents many things that never see the light of day, but let's hope this one does as multiple user accounts -- or in this case, individual user access accounts -- on iPads would be a thing many of us would like to see.
- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system iOS (8)
- Screen size 9.7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Maximum battery life Up to 10 hours
- Dimensions 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 in
- Weight 0.96 lb
- Announced 2014-10-16
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