Already, iPads have supplanted traditional computers in schools, businesses, and homes. The ability to share iPads in classrooms will make it possible for students to personalize their accounts without affecting other users. A supplemental feature called Intelligent Sharing lets students resume where they last left off on the iPad after logging into their accounts.
Right now, iPad sharing appears to be a feature that will be exclusively used in schools, but the move hints at a wider rollout, possibly with the next major software upgrade. Multiuser support would be a natural fit for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, for example, a more powerful tablet that’s designed to replace desktop computing. An Apple representative declined to comment on whether the feature would be more widely available on iPads outside of classrooms.