What Does Apple Have in Store for the Next iPad?

Once upon a time, there was buzz that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) was creating its yet-to-be-launched tablet as a device to be shared intuitively among multiple family members and include features like device customization based on automatic facial recognition. No such features have yet been integrated in the three versions of the tablet, and while a lot has changed since then—the uncertainty of the tablet’s disruptive innovation to its current status as the computing device of choice—it appears Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has hung on to that idea.

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A developer who sent a suggestion to the company via Apple’s Bug Reporter to ask for added support for multiple users on the iPad received a reply saying the company was aware of such a desire, and that the issue was “currently being investigated.”

“After further investigation it has been determined that this is a known issue, which is currently being investigated by engineering,” the official response from Apple Developer Connection’s Worldwide Developer Relations team reads. This was the first suggestion on which the developer had received a letter-form response from the company.

Before Apple released the first iPad in 2010, it had been said to be working on similar features, although even then it was uncertain exactly when they might eventually be integrated. One of the features that the company supposedly worked on during development was to allow users to leave virtual sticky notes on the device for someone else. Recognizing individuals through a built-in forward-facing camera was another feature being talked about.

To add some more credence to the idea, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) had submitted a patent application in December for a system that automatically personalizes devices via face recognition, customizing applications, settings, and features to a user’s preferences as soon as they picked up the device.

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