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Apple to improve iPad multi-user support

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Apple is researching means of improving multi-user support for its iPad tablets.

Responding to a developer query, the Cupertino-based firm described the matter as a "known issue" and said that its engineers are looking into solutions.

A new Apple iPad on display

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Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller discuss features of the new iPad

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"After further investigation it has been determined that this is a known issue, which is currently being investigated by engineering," read the official response from Apple Developer Connection's Worldwide Developer Relations.

Apple previously toyed with multi-user functionality prior to the release of the first generation iPad. Reports at the time suggested that early prototype models were designed to be shared among family members, AppleInsider reports.

The company was allegedly experimenting with concepts such as the ability to leave virtual sticky notes for others to find, and user recognition via a front facing camera that would prompt the tablet to load up an individual's personal preferences.

Apple, which released its third-generation iPad in March, is rumoured to be launching a smaller version of the tablet to compete with the Kindle Fire later this year.

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