Originally Posted by Dunks
After installing Snow Leopard I thought any direction Apple took the operating system was just going to be gimmicky. I wasn't that thrilled
about iOS creeping into OS X, but after watching the developer preview I'm really looking forward to Lion, particularly their incredibly disciplined implementation of multi-touch. As an observer, the staged roll-out of multi-touch, from halcyon days of two finer scrolling, felt excruciatingly slow, but extremely satisfying now that it is about to reach a new conclusion.
I’m glad Apple have defined such an important industry standard more-or-less on their own. Capacitive input. Pinch and spread gestures that resize content in proportion to finger motion. Inertial scrolling. Marvelous.
Imagine if Microsoft had been allowed to define the era of multi-touch computing? It would be a smashed badger of nested menus, unsecure background processes, obscure errors and start button/system tray/taskbars up the wazoo. Sometimes, using Windows just feels like working in a third world country.
Yes! I think we've been a bit spoiled by the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, so we don't really appreciate that Apple has quietly been shipping many millions of multitouch-capable personal computers for the past 3 years. At least as technology stands today, the trackpad interface is optimal for computers.
Other implementations have been gimmicky, sloppy, and half-baked. Ooh! I can resize a light table full of butterfly photos! I can go through my music in a faux-Cover Flow skin
Lion: Zooming, panning, scrolling, navigating backwards and forwards, window management, multiple fullscreen apps...these are practical, real multitouch implementations that can be used on EXISTING hardware and software.