Samsung is still trying to catch up with Apple when it comes to tablet shipments and it is following the same formula it did with smartphones – flood the market with devices across price points and screen sizes. The launch of the Galaxy Tab S series of tablets earlier in the week proved how serious Samsung is for dominating the tablet segment. While Apple might be sitting pretty selling iPads by the millions, but if there is one thing we have learnt from Samsung and its smartphone play, it won’t stop trying till it becomes the world’s largest tablet vendor as well. With a new generation of iPads expected to be launched later this year, there’s one feature from the Galaxy Tab S we hope Apple brings to the new iPads as well.
Apple has filled quite some gaps with iOS 8 by providing Continuity and split screen multitasking mode for iPad, which it did not announce at WWDC but the feature was found in the code anyway. Most of these features were already there on Samsung’s tablets or were introduced with the Galaxy Tab S.
But one feature that the iPad still misses and the Galaxy Tab S has is a “Multi User Mode” that can be configured with the fingerprint scanner. So if multiple people use one tablet, every user can set their own preferences, apps and homescreens, which will be visible when they log in to the tablet using their fingerprint.
Tablets, more than smartphones, are more likely to be used by multiple users and this feature makes so much sense. Apple’s iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina Display do not have the TouchID fingerprint sensor but that could be one of the differentiators apart from a better processor that could differentiate the new generation iPads from the older generation. It is not very often that Apple copies others when it comes to hardware but this “Multi User Mode” setting would make a lot of sense.