Originally Posted by MacRonin
Where're we headed with computers? Hardware and software for the last six years have been pointing us there, ever so slowly. Touchscreens. Slowly because people actually own computers now, and a big jump, like the past two, can't just happen all at once; John Q. Public would just reject it outright, even if it's infinitely better. You have to make them
yearn for it. Make them
think that they were the ones with the idea in the first place. Make them believe that they wanted it all along and that you're fulfilling their wishes, instead of the other way around. Then when you finally do it, they welcome it with open arms (and even an "about time").
Apple has had two product families so far. First, the Apple line. That was keyboard+screen. Then the Macintosh line, that was mouse+keyboard. When it goes fully multitouch on the desktop, I can't see them keeping the Macintosh name around, which would lend itself to a rename and start over of the OS that runs on said computers.
In its introduction, Steve said that OS X sets their software roadmap up for the next 20 years. Before this decade is out, that 20 years will be up. And at the same time, we'll have reached a point where touchscreen computers have so permeated our lives that we'll be demanding the UX in ever larger formats. I see a 13" and/or 15" iPad before long. And then eventually the 27" iMac will become the 27"... ???
You can see it in the design of everything they make, hardware and software. The iMac is a sliver now. Compare it to the last generation! The iMac is a sliver because... that sliver has an angle. That angle is comfortable. That angle is comfortable... for typing. So when that glorious day finally comes, the ??? will just slide right on down to your desktop and you'll reach out and type on it as comfortably as you do a physical keyboard today. Switch it back on up if you want to watch media or something. No neck strain, no arm strain. Multitouch, in a glorious 27' package. And then 42" for those of us who want our entire desktops to be amazing.
Been saying this for, what, I guess six years now: there will be multitouch desktops from Apple
, and they'll redefine what we call a "computer" as much as the Macintosh 128k and the Apple ][ before them.
As for the product family's name, well, it's obviously going to be named after an apple cultivar. Why not...Jonathan
Now, he's crazy humble, so that might not fly with him, but it fits perfectly. A tribute to the man who will have by that time defined nearly three generations of product design across the entire technology industry, be it in the form of the original or the thefts.
I want a 42" Jony for my desk. Most will want a 27" Jony. And on the go, people will have their 10", 13", and 15" Jonys. Or what have you.