Now that’s an artful statement!
Fascinating little piece on Gizmodo on Apple’s Magic Touchpad and how it signifies the end of the PC user interaction paradigm as we know it. Maybe it’s not too late to buy that Apple stock I should have picked up in ’97 or so.
The beginning of the metamorphosis
So if Apple’s Magic Trackpad is not really that good, why would does it mean the beginning of the end of Mac OS X as we know it? Because this is Steve and Co. way of telling us that the future is multitouch, and the mouse is death.
After the success of the iPhone, the iPod touch, and the iPad, Apple has realized that the consumer market is ready for a new user interface paradigm, centered around multitouch and the idea of fully database-driven modal operating system. The death of the desktop metaphor—that overcomplicated and stinking mass of hurt made out of a zillion folders and files—as we know it. It was good when the world ran on floppies and small hard drives, but it’s time to move on.
Apple wants to move everything to multitouch, iMacs, MacBooks, and Mac Pros. The problem is that they can’t do it like they did with the iPad. Perhaps the MacBook will see a hybrid touchscreen/keyboard design, but on the desktop this would be impossible.