Apple Working On Multi-user Support To iPads And iPhones

As a recent Apple report, the company is currently working on adding multi-user support to iPhones and iPads over the coming weeks. With these features, more than one person can use the same iPhone or iPad without leaking the privacy and sensitive information of anyone.

The patent recently granted to Apple says, “Provision of domains in the secure enclave to support multiple users.” Apple also mentioned, “both single-user mobile computing devices and multi-user laptop and desktop computing devices.”

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The patent explains, “A computing device can also employ several passcodes and also associated encryption keys, where multiple passcodes or even encryptions keys may be associated with each different user account on the system.”

From those statements from Apple, we’ve got to understand the technology that Apple is using to secure its device from multiple-users. The particular Apple device can recognize multiple users via passcodes and encryption keys.

In this process, at first, the primary user needs to secure his/her personal information (payment info, account info).

Apple Working On Multi-user Support To iPads And iPhones

Regarding this matter, the patent reads, “enable multi-user access to the data processing system, also group keys can be created, such that via membership within a group on the system can enable different levels of access to the system.”

As per the patents, a processing system is there, which will differ from the system processors; it “is a system on a chip (SoC) integrated circuit that enables various secure peripheral and input/output (I/O) operations.”

In this process, all the private and shared information have to get pass-through this SEP or the future T2 chip. The patent said, “A computing device that can employ several passcodes and associated encryption keys, where multiple passcodes, or encryptions keys may also be associated with each different user account on the system.”

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The patent for secure enclave did note that it is working on securing all user information, including several login credentials and Apple Pay details.

In the future, Apple is likely to bring SEP or Secure Enclave Processor, which can also be a very advanced version of the T2 security chip that is used in Mac devices. The same processor is also expected to be included in upcoming iPhones.

Apart from the potential for multiple consumers to share a device, the company is now now bringing a security that “is hidden behind the very familiar passcode or, possibly, Face ID,” the report said.

 

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