Touchscreen desktop or laptop computers have never caught on. Why? It’s too much effort to move shoulder, arm, and hand just to do what a mouse click can do with little effort, or, in the case of a notebook, what a single finger can do on a trackpad. So, why is Apple building in such obvious touchscreen components for Mac OS X Snow Leopard? Leander Kahney displays the evidence:
Look at Expose in the Dock — the new feature that reveals all an application’s open windows when you click and hold the application’s icon. It’s tailor-made for fingers.
Kahney is spot on. Instead of your mouse pointer, imagine your finger doing the same thing, Press, hold, select. What about the improvements to Stacks?
Hit a folder icon in the dock, and up pops the folder and all its files. Each icon is a big target for your finger, and the window has a big, fat slider for scrolling up and down (no more fiddly little arrows at the top or bottom).
Somehow lost in all the hoopla over Snow Leopard’s speed and highly hyped new features is the built-in onscreen keyboard. Did you miss that? Me, too. Yes, there’s been a virtual keyboard forever, stuck in the International settings. It was pint-sized and seldom used. This one is expandable.
Snow Leopard includes a big virtual keyboard that looks clearly designed for typing on a touchscreen. It’s a big, bold version of the iPhone’s virtual keyboard with large keys that scream “type me!”
For now, they new keyboard doesn’t do much. It’s qwerty. It expands to fill the screen. But it’s not a touchscreen. For that, it would need a touchscreen Mac.