Adaptation

Adaptation

I’m not so sure that a touchscreen MacBook is really what you want. It may be what youthink you want. But now’s the time in this piece where I dig out the ol’ Henry Ford quote about what people think they want. “If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse.” To your first assertion, what you want is to interact with your data without the abstraction of a mouse and keyboard. Have you considered the difficulty in that proposition? If you’re curious, take a second and touch the screen of your laptop like you’re doing some work with it. Open and close some windows, move them around, open some applications, tweak some preferences, pay some bills. I think you’re going to find that the interaction model of the Mac OS exists specifically because you have a keyboard and a trackpad below your screen, and those two instruments allow for refined movements within a dense display of information. What the iPhone OS has done is to allow for the removal of that layer of abstraction, and let us touch our information with our actual fingers. And though our fingers are massive and clumsy, every removal of a layer of abstraction between us and our information represents an epochal shift in technology. Like every such shift, sacrifices must be made, and remedial solutions proposed.

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