TECHNOLOGY + INDUSTRIAL DESIGN | 27 January 2010 :: The Future Has Finally Arrived (sort of) ::: Introducing the iPad
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I would argue that the key accessibility feature of the iPad is its apparent ‘lack’ of an interface (a feature Apple’s marketing is working hard to underscore).
Unlike all of the other similar devices (including those running Apple’s standard OS), which require users to learn to negotiate complex symbolic interfaces — files, folders, hierarchies, toolbars, navigational buttons — the iPad limits or even eliminates these in favor of touch, an approach intuitive even to those too young to read.
Pioneered on the iPhone and iPod touch, this technology offers a simple way for users to interact with and control content. So instead of seeing an image on the screen and having to use a button on the side of the device to “turn the page,” I simply drag my finger across it, and the digital page behaves as though it were a real object in the real world. The collapsing of symbolic complexity into the simplicity of touch enables participation by new groups of people — even relative technophobes — and this mirrors the increased accessibility offered by Gutenberg’s revolution while lowering the barrier characteristic of most recent technologies.
- William Rankin in “The iPad and Information’s Third Age” by Dan Coleman
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