I’ve seen a number of people talking recently about how they feel that the iPad really needs user accounts. Most recently, our friend Joshua Schnell did a good post on this subject at his Macgasm site. Here are a couple quick excerpts from Joshua’s post:
It didn’t take me long to realize that the iPad is a multi-user device, and that Apple needs to take this into account and provide people with the ability to use multiple accounts.
I have a hard time seeing a family pick up more than one iPad as it stands, but I can certainly see the iPad kicking around kitchen tables, and coffee tables in most homes. This is where the problem begins, and Apple certainly needs to take this into account–more than one user is problematic for most people.
The article goes on to talk about issues with access to a parent’s email account on the iPad, or to their Twitter or Facebook accounts, or potentially even financial information via finance-oriented apps.