Still not getting it eh?
Shame that the average IT bod still can't fathom why the iPad concept is so popular.
Maybe because I've been IT for twenty years and not two minutes I can see it's pretty obvious - ease of use.
If you give a program idea to any young programmer and ask them to write it, they'll arm it with as many buttons and gadgets as possible so it ends up looking very technical, full of jargon and is seriously complicated. Just look at the state of GIMP for example?
You can use the analogy of the Swiss Army Knife, let's add one more blade or function because we can. So it ends up big, unwieldy and can break down more easily.
Complete novices take a look at it and turn to the small neat looking pen knife in the shop instead. They can understand it just by picking it up and examining it.
There is a message screaming out there me thinks.
Apple has done an amazing thing, they've kept a close rein on their programmers enthusiasm and orchestrated them together to produce a device that looks easy to use and hey is easy to use.
Sure the average computer geek will not like the current restrictions. But it's now easy to use for everyone. This is something programmers often ignore as it's just that little bit more work for them. How often I've heard the programmers cry out - "Hey I've just got it working and now you want to change things just to make it easy to use?"
Often I've been brought in to improve a program that been specially written that technically works but has had no thought given to its layout or how a normal human being will use it.
A program like a piece of classical music needs a Orchestral Leader.
So far the only signs of any sort of control in the programmer community has been Ubuntu.
We need to wake up and think of designing programs or devices that will make it easy for the average person who knows nothing about them.
No I don't own any Apple gear...