Why the iPad is the Future of Computing
Posted on April 2, 2010 by vincent oliver
Gizmodo has an interesting article explaining why they think the iPad is the future of computing. They give examples of how each time computers have become simpler to use, more and more people start using them.
Normal people don’t like today’s computers. Most loathe them because they can’t fully understand their absurd complexity and arcane conventions. That’s why the iPad will kill today’s computers, just like the latter killed computers running with punchcards and command lines.
The problem is that the desktop metaphor is not good enough. Despite its relative ease of use, most people still find computers difficult to use. Now, if you actuallylike computers, you probably don’t sense much of a struggle when managing Mac OS X or Windows. But watching some of your friends and family will make it painfully obvious: Most people are still baffled by conventions that many of us take for granted.
The iPad fully embraces that solution. It puts that idea—photos, music, movies, documents of all kinds stored into task-oriented specialized databases—together with the fully modal, task-oriented interface of the iPhone, loaded with amazing applications that will let you do everything you can imagine, for pleasure or work. It’s the realization of universal information appliance proposed by genius like Alan Kay and Jef Raskin in the ’70s. The Holy Grail of Computing.
Read the entire article here.