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What is Shared iPad?

Shared iPad is an efficient feature introduced by Apple that allows multiple users to use the same iPad while providing a personalized experience for each user.

Apple introduced Shared iPad for Education as part of Apple School Manager (ASM) in iOS 9.3. This native Apple solution allowed students and staff to sign in to iPads using their Managed Apple IDs created in ASM. Later from iOS 13.4, Apple extended the Shared iPad support to enterprises, namely Shared iPad for Business. Thus, businesses can now leverage Shared iPads using Managed Apple IDs from Apple Business Manager (ABM). As a result, Shared iPads can now be deployed in both education and business environments.

Apple Shared iPad for business and education

What are its requirements?

  • The devices must be supervised and must have at least 32 GB of storage.
  • A UEM console and Managed Apple IDs that are owned and issued by the enterprise.
  • The following device models support the Shared iPads feature:
    • All iPad Pro models
    • iPad 5th generation or later
    • iPad Air 2 or later
    • iPad mini 4th generation or later

How does it work?

When end-users sign in to the Shared iPads using their Managed Apple IDs, the operating system allocates a separate storage partition for each user on the device. This built-in data separation ensures user data privacy by encrypting each disk space on the device. Users will only be able to access their respective accounts.

The Managed Apple IDs store all their data on iCloud through the caching service. As a result, when the user signs in to the device, it will automatically load all the relevant data, policies, files, or mail accounts on the device, creating a seamless user experience while keeping their data private.

When users sign out, their data will be inaccessible to any other users. Their information can be recalled only when they sign in to the devices again.

Who should use Shared iPad?

Device sharing is happening everywhere, from schools to sophisticated industries like healthcare, retail, logistics, etc. And thus, the Shared iPads feature applies to any industry owing to its giant strides in securing and streamlining shared devices.