Where is Apple taking us?
Just over a decade ago, Apple released the iMac. That begun Apple's i-journey, bringing us the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. To say these products have been successful would be the understatement of the decade. But where is Apple taking us in the future?
With the phenomenal success of the iPhone, many pundits started to declare that Apple would abandon the Mac altogether and become a mobile device company. Of course, with constant refreshes of their iMac and MacBook lineups, this prediction has been proven to be inaccurate to say the least.
What we can say for sure is that Apple have a plan. One only has to see the evolution of the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to see that multitouch plays a huge part in Apple's future. With Lion being released in a few weeks, anyone with a MacBook (or an iMac with a Magic Trackpad) will be able to interact with the operating system using multitouch gestures. This isn't going to be anywhere near the Windows tablets of yesteryear, that simply replaced the mouse with a stylus. This is going to be the beginning of an evolution in what Apple perceive the future of computing should be.
Apple has revolutionized media players, phones and re-invented the tablet. It would be fair to say that most companies would have been happy with just one of those successes. So what does the company who ushered the era of personal computing, the graphical user interface and the mouse have in store for us next. Apple have said many times that a touch screen iMac or MacBook are not usable for any useful period of time. But this is also the same Apple that denied making a phone, or a tablet device before releasing these devices. If there is a company out there ready to revolutionize the personal computer into a multitouch device, it will be Apple.