One of the more frequent criticisms of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system is that there’s no easy way to switch between iTunes accounts on a given device. The fact that Apple has applied for a trademark on the phrase ‘Guest Mode’ in Australia and elsewhere suggests that a fix might finally be on the way.
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TM Watch reports that Apple has applied to trademark ‘Guest mode’ in Australia, and similar applications have been made in Europe. The trademark application covers an astonishingly broad range of devices, including computers, phones, gaming devices, ebook readers, dog whistles and electrically-heated socks. (iSock, anyone?) A trademark does not equal functioning software, but Apple’s interest suggests it isn’t dismissing the prospect entirely.
iOS’ principal rival Android introduced the ability to switch between different user accounts in 4.2, and enhanced that feature in Android 4.3 by allowing some accounts to have a restricted profile. Guest account switching can be especially useful on tablets, which are often used in communal settings and may be shared in office environments.
Apple files for ‘Guest Mode’ [TM Watch]