by Garethin Media, Technology1 commentstags: Apple, iPad, iphone, itunes, OSX
I could have written something on the day of the iPad launch but I couldn’t really be arsed. I was busy, everyone was talking about it anyway, and most of the talk was either pro or anti hysteria. My thoughts at the time haven’t really changed though, and reflecting on how things are gradually moving ahead with the iPad, I thought I should get round to writing them down… The hype – there was a lot. Seriously. Rolling news channels, all kinds of online sites, newspapers and magazines. And offline. Someone was going to be disappointed. Lots of people actually. Mainly those who were either daft enough to expect something impossibly miraculous, or those who were cynical enough to want the launch to be an anti-climax. Was there too much hype? Yep – certainly in terms of justifying the actual specific product as it stood on the day. HOWEVER, and it’s a very big however – I can’t help but think that in a few short years that hype *will* be felt to be justified. And everybody will have forgotten about the exact iPad on the launch day. The hype won’t be justified by what the iPad was on that […]
by Garethin Art & Design, Media0 commentstags: Apple, iphone, operating system, OSX, slate, tablet, user interface
Silicon Alley Insider has some choice snippets, apparently from someone who’s actually seen the forthcoming Apple ‘tablet’ / ‘slate’ device – about one of its (many) great mysteries… what it’s Operating System is going to look like. Is it iPhone-ish? It is OSX-ish? Is it a hybrid? How do you use it? What’s the interface metaphor and control paradigm? Well apparently the best we’re going to get for now are… • “It’s pretty.” • “The UI has a good bit of new sexy to it.” • “It’s a big iPhone, but it’s not just a big iPhone.” Helpful, eh…? Oh, and here, if you’re interested in the device, are a few artists impressions drawn from across the interweb of what it MIGHT be like (according to the voices in their heads). Some nice bits of ideas in there, but you kind of know the real thing is still going to exceed pretty much any expectations. Roll on the end of January.
by Garethin Technology0 commentstags: Apple, OSX, stuff, tablet, Technology
Whilst the Indy looks ahead ten years, French website Nowhereelse.fr points us towards the very near future with these clips of what some take to be a glimpse of the forthcoming Apple tablet device (iSlate, iGuide are amongst the names mooted) which is rumoured to be associated with a ‘big’ media event in late January.Not sure about this though – something about it is iffy (or a few things are iffy) – not sure I can put my finger on it exactly. But it’s a very nice fake nonetheless if it is indeed a fake.
by Garethin Technology0 commentstags: Apple, dock, OSX, Technology
After some nine years or so, Apple has finally been granted a patent for its “Dock” – a central feature of the OSX operating system – patent number 7,434,177 titled “User interface for providing consolidation and access.”It’s an excellent feature, and constantly evolving (now incorporating “Stacks” of course) – and even though I hate the 3D version in Leopard, and have used a hack app to make it 2D, it’s still excellent – a great piece of usability and superbly implimented with features like the magnification of icons on rollover and the ‘genie’ effect of swooping open documents in and out of it.There is a superb article here which traces its history right back from its first genuine incarnation in the Nextstep operating system (which along with all other intellectual property) went to Apple in 1996 when they purchased NeXT, with Steve Jobs returning to the company he founded.