The touchscreen has altered computing to the point where it's hard not to try and swipe any screen you see. The problem: PC operating systems aren't built well for touch. That situation needs to change pronto.
Naturally, this iMac user interface has generated a good bit of buzz, but here's the part of the conversation that's most notable via Patently Apple:
Apple's method of transitioning from OS X to iOS is clearly outlined for both the iMac and MacBook – and it's a grand slam home run. Imagine having an iMac on your desktop one minute and a gigantic iPad the next. Imagine playing iGames on this dream machine - Wow! Imagine reading a double-page book on this - Unbelievable! Apple takes the mystery out of how OS X could finally co-exist with iOS on a Mac and you've got to see this one to believe it.
It's not hard to see a day where you use both the mouse and the touch user interface, but it strikes me as a bit odd that there needs to be two operating systems to pull off such a trick. Are we on to a path where we have a mobile operating system riding shotgun with more industrial ones? Picture Mac OSX with iOS. Windows with Windows Phone 7. Google's emerging Chrome OS with Android. These dual OS pairings are nice, but the solution isn't exactly elegant.
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We're seeing a computing set-up where there are touch haves (mobile operating systems like iOS, Android and HP's WebOS) and have nots (Windows, Mac OSX). Now there are limitations to the mobile operating systems, but they seem to be driving the tablet designs. In the big picture, I'd want to alternate between touch and a mouse without twisting a screen around. PC operating systems---which in theory can accommodate touch somewhat already---need to step up before they begin to look like relics.