Switch Is A Smart Multi-User Browser For iPads

iPad only: The iPad is a device destined to be handed over to friends and passed among family members, but there are no user accounts or variable browser settings. Enter Switch, a clever browser that allows user accounts and anonymous guest browsing.

At its core, Switch sets up password-protected user accounts for a browser that show up whenever Switch is started up, or when returning from a screen lock. That alone makes it worth the current $1.19 price for many, but Switch has a few other tricks up its sleeve. Most helpful to iPad owners, who have a seeming obligation to show the device to their tablet-less friends, is a guest mode that doesn't mess with settings and wipes away history, cookies and passwords whenever the guest is done.

Switch also offers multiple logins and passwords for individual sites, so those with multiple Twitter accounts, commenter logins, or other site credentials can switch between them at will.

Switch is $1.19 for a limited time in the iTunes Market, and is for iPads only. If you're far from the only one who touches their own iPad every week, it seems like a must-buy.

Switch [iTunes via @nathos]


    I think this is a great start, but Switch lacks several key features that makes the browsing experience below par, compared to the built-in Mobile Safari.

    I believe iCab, another Mobile Safari alternative browser, successfully adds more features than Mobile Safari and keeps the user experience pleasurable. A difficult thing to pull off. One of the features in iCab is the ability to password protect the main account, while allow guests to use the browser. Switch handles multiple accounts better, but iCab is a better overall browsing experience.

    iOS is a derivative of Mac OS X, itself a derivative of UNIX. Multiuser accounts are standard fare on all UNIX (and variant) boxes I've ever seen. So what gives? I suspect it's either a marketing decision, or low on the list of priorities at Apple. Certainly, it's not technically challenging. Actually, I'm surprised that the clever hackers in the jailbreak community haven't enabled multiuser accounts globally across iOS yet.

    Since Apple has not (and probably will not) enable multiuser and guest accounts across the entire OS, I'm glad developers have clued in to the need. Let's have a multiuser email, address book, calendar, etc. devs.

    Deon Robinson
    Author of: 'So You Got An iPad. Now What?'

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