Cringely’s iOS Secret

Robert X Cringely wrote his best piece in a long while, called “The Secret of iOS 7“. I think he’s mostly right, but I have more to say about it:

a) what he said rings true;

b) he lost me with that “new hardware for road warriors that’s not an iPhone/iPad/appletv” bit;

c) iOS 7′s adjustable size text would be great for scaling iOS apps to desktop monitors;

d) only thing going against it is that apple truly believes software should be build around input mechanism, and iOS is for fingers, not mouse+keyboard.

e) that could be solved by adding an optional 3rd level to “universal apps”: 1) iPhone res + touch, 2) iPad res + touch, 3) desktop res + mouse/kbd/trackpad;

f) either way this would require 128GB iPhones or much beefier icloud (at minimum store all of a user’s photos, not just the last 1000)

g) not good enough for pros (yet?), but consumers outnumber pros 100:1, and pros will still have mac pros & MacBooks

h) the real “appletv” is the current appletv, BUT a display with a built-in airplay receiver will also be coming. you’ll be able to compute on it OR play/watch on it

i) means your computer already has industry leading security (touch ID & activation lock)

Exciting times!

About Derek

Born & raised in Petrolia, Ontario. Birthplace of global oil industry. Educated at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Webified at Humber College in Etobicoke, Ontario. Inspired at, and in Zagreb, Croatia. Recognized by Former lead developer of Currently a Senior Developer at rTraction.
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One Response to Cringely’s iOS Secret

  1. Derek says:

    My boss said: “the “road warrior” thing is basically a laptop case with no CPU. You’d plug your phone in to do that.”

    I think he’s right, but i don’t see how that’s ‘better’ than an iPad with wireless keyboard & mouse. Apple’s ruthless with keeping the number of products they produce to a minimum. Those 2 use cases seem to have too much overlap. Of course, Apple’s also known for elegant solutions, and carrying 1 thing is more elegant than carrying 1 thing plus 2 wireless peripherals. But, time will tell.

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