Over the weekend, V and I randomly stopped in Best Buy to browse around. We stumbled across the new HP Touch Smart PC, and man is that thing ever something. Aside form being a pretty snappy all in one with some nice media center features, the key element is a large, glossy touch screen. And it’s awesome. Simple task like launching appsoff the desktop feels neat- almost fun.The version of IE it’s loaded with has a special, wider scroll bar that’s easier to “grab”. We both really liked playing with the machine, and when we walked away the thought on our mind was “How is Apple going to respond to this”?
Well, I think we got a clue about this on a recent Ars post.
There will be no Logic 8. The successor to Logic 7 will have a new name. The unnamed application will be 10.5 only and will work with a new line of touch sensitive Apple displays. Also, it will be an OMG PROTOOLS KILLER!
Interesting. Very Interesting. Not the Pro Tools thing as much- though I am curious if they can turn Logic into the audio eqivalent of Final Cut Pro- but the idea that Multi-Touch is coming to Pro Apps (and displays!) is big.
After playing with the Touch Smart, the idea that the tech should move to the imac is a no brainer. Cover Flow was made for this kind of thing, and Front Row would benefit as well. I hadn’t thought about the Pro apps, but in the case of Logic it makes alot of sense. I am sure other can think of good Pro uses once the gears start turning.
With this in mind, I think the “secret” feature that Jobs has been hinting at with Leopard but has to date been unnanounced is system wide Multi-touch across the board in 10.5. The fact that ALL Apple hardware is due for a refresh seems to coincide nicely with this new ability.
It’s not science fiction, the tech is currently shipping. I don’t imagine Apple letting HP make “cooler” computers, and I think Job’s plans for multi-touch will go further than simply widening a scroll bar so you can fist it. Can’t wait to see how this shakes down, buI have a very good feeling this is what’s coming down the pipe in a big, big way.