Flexing His Power

August 10th, 2010

Brent Simmons makes the case for power of software as a more admirable quality than flexibility:

It may go against the grain a little bit, but I’ll say it: I’m incredibly excited for the future of Mac software. I don’t expect we’ll make software that looks and feels like iOS apps (we shouldn’t), but I do expect we’ll learn from iOS apps how power is the real goal, and that flexibility is just a tool to use exceedingly sparingly, only when it substantially increases power.

I like, no … I LOVE the idea of learning from iOS apps, in order to build superb Mac apps.

As many of you know, I don’t believe the Mac is dead, and it should go without saying I don’t believe iPhone or iPad is dead.

We’re on the brink of an Apple-dominated consumer-electronics era, and we’re in charge of making the software good.

One Response to “Flexing His Power”

  1. Michael Says:

    In the early days of the Web, everything was static. In fact, most software was static as well. Now what we’re seeing online is an incredible richness of interactivity…of spaces, planes, and time. The iOS apps often epitomize these types of interactions, and desktop apps like Adobe Lightroom try to create a similar experience.

    It seems desktop apps are now static, flat experiences in comparison, and I think this is one way they may evolve to keep pace with iOS devices and RIAs in general.

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