The Future of Touch Computing?
Right now, my laptop sits idle beside me, old, decaying and rather sad, caked in the dust characteristic of an owner who long ago lost respect for a machine that now crashes two or three times a day.
I am typing on a bluetooth keyboard using my ipad as a screen for the first time. The relationship between what I am writing and what I am seeing on the screen becomes altogether more intuitive. I can, for the first time, touch the prose that I am writing entirely by itself. The relationship between keyboard and screen becomes like that of a pen to paper, rather than keyboard to screen. That the keyboard takes up so much space on an iPad has always dissuaded me from typing anything but short emails etc but the devotion of the screen entirely to content rather than function, even when you are creating, is something rather awesome to behold.
It could be a good bet that Apple will release the next generation of iMacs and Macbook Pros and Air’s as keyboard and touch combinations. The separation between typing and touch are massively important in regards to the efficacy of the experience. Yes, of course the iPad is incredible as a content device, that’s why it’s on course to sell easily 300m units in the next 5 years, but it’s also an amazing content creation device and you really do need hardware to use it to it’s full potential.
Think about it, do you really want have half your screen devoted to a keyboard? Is that really going to give you the rhythm required to help you write great content?
1. Buy the Apple bluetooth keyboard for your iPad, it will change your experience.
2. Start thinking about the implications of a touch screen desktop computer. When Apple releases it in it’s desktop and laptop incarnations, it will usher in a whole new era of interpretations of apps that improve your experience. The touch screen mobile interface isn’t replacing the desktop, rather it is exapting itself into the UX(User Experience). It is more a marriage made in heaven than a fight to the death and we will all enjoy this coming revolution in desktop computing, it is excitingly just around the corner and for anyone with an iPad and a wireless keyboard, it is already here.