|no multitouch macs for you! come back 5 years!
||[Jun. 18th, 2007|12:35 am]
So I've finally listened to Walt Mossberg's Steve Jobs and Bill Gates joint interview at D5.|
I'm kind of sorry I didn't listen to it prior to the wwdc keynote, 'couse if I did it would be clear that there would be not multitouch announcement for leopard (and the fact that new macbook pros were announced a week before - with no MT screens... would also have been a good hint).
below is what steve says about Multitouch, but it's long and tedious. this is the cliffs notes version:
They will not do anything radical on the mac, we have too many apps, and too many people to educate. We will do the crazy shit on new devices with less baggage. like the iphone and ipod.
we'll probably have to wait till the version after leopard.
Walt: Bill discusses all his secret plans. You don’t discuss any.
"Steve: I know, it’s not fair. But I think the question is a very simple one, which is how much of the really revolutionary things people are going to do in the next five years are done on the PCs or how much of it is really focused on the post-PC devices. And there’s a real temptation to focus it on the post-PC devices because it’s a clean slate and because they’re more focused devices and because, you know, they don’t have the legacy of these zillions of apps that have to run in zillions of markets.
And so I think there’s going to be tremendous revolution, you know, in the experiences of the post-PC devices. Now, the question is how much to do in the PCs. And I think I’m sure Microsoft is–we’re working on some really cool stuff, but some of it has to be tempered a little bit because you do have, you know, these tens of millions, in our case, or hundreds of millions in Bill’s case, users that are familiar with something that, you know, they don’t want a car with six wheels. They like the car with four wheels. They don’t want to drive with a joystick. They like the steering wheel.
And so, you know, you have to, as Bill was saying, in some cases, you have to augment what exists there and in some cases, you can replace things. But I think the radical rethinking of things is going to happen in a lot of these post-PC devices."