What it is: The iPad has defined the tablet market. However, iOS 9.2 and earlier only allows one person to use an iPad at a time. This is going to change with the impending release of iOS 9.3.
Back in the old days, one person could use a PC at a time. If someone else wanted to use that same PC, they could access any field stored on that computer.
Eventually operating systems like Windows learned to create separate accounts. That way two or more people could use the same computer but view entirely different files and even programs. Accounts made it easy for families to share a single PC without interfering with each other’s files.
yet for the longest time, iOS did not support multiple users. For the iPhone, sharing made little sense since it’s unlikely you’d want to share the same phone number. However, tablets (iPads) are different. A family might buy a single iPad and then share it among the parents and children. Yet without the ability to create separate accounts, everyone could access everyone else’s files and apps
Fortunately this problem is soon coming to an end. With the release of iOS 9.3, you’ll now be able to create separate accounts so two or more people can share a single iPad while protecting their field form others and running different apps as well. Sharing an iPad can be useful for families but also for schools and possibly even for businesses as well.
What makes iOS interesting is that even relatively minor updates, such s from iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.3 can bring a massively useful feature. Compare this to the world of Windows where someone using Word, Excel, or PowerPoint using a Windows XP PC is no more nor less productive than someone using Word, Excel, or PowerPoint on Windows 10. With each new version of Windows, users failed to see any benefit despite the technological underpinnings changing dramatically. That’s why so many people still cling to Windows XP and Windows 7 because they see little reason to upgrade.
In comparison, iOS users can see several reason to upgrade. Each new version of iOS may not offer new features that you need, but they usually offer impressive upgrades that many people will want. Imagine using the first version of iOS and clinging to and while refusing to use the latest version of iOS since version 1 just works fine for you. That’s the dilemma Microsoft finds itself in with people still using Windows XP, a 2001 operating system.
For iOS to continue succeeding, Apple needs to continue offering drastic improvements and features that the majority of people want. The minute Apple starts releasing versions of iOS that don’t give the user anything useful, that’s the time when Apple will have made the same mistakes as Microsoft and that will be an early sign that Apple may be on its way down like Microsoft.