If you’ve ever seen the movie Iron Man, everybody knows that the computer Tony Stark owns is amazing. Now obviously that type of technology is either in the very distant future or non-existant, but touch screen Tablet PC’s have been made before. The beauty of the concept is that instead of using a mouse.
If you’ve ever seen the movie Iron Man, everybody knows that the computer Tony Stark owns is amazing. Now obviously that type of technology is either in the very distant future or non-existant, but touch screen Tablet PC’s have been made before. The beauty of the concept is that instead of using a mouse to tell the computer what you’re clicking on, you just touch it twice and it automatically knows what you’re doing. With a touch screen interface, it is technically more convenient and faster to work with your computer than a regular mouse/keyboard interface.
Touch screen computers present some major issues though. First of all, Apple already has a reputation of Mac computers being expensive and adding a touch screen would not remedy this problem. Another issue that a touch screen mac would present is that icons on the screen have to be larger. With this factor, less can be displayed on the screen at one time and frustration can build for touching the incorrect icon. Next, Apple’s conventional “command-click” interface on Mac computers could be reimplemented, but it would take time to adjust to using it. Most users have become comfortable with a mouse and keyboard and usng them concurrently is natural. Holding in a key (if there’s a conventional keyboard on a touch screen Mac) and touching the screen at the same time doesn’t seem to be a very comfortable method of use, resulting in user fatigue and anger. The final issue I see with the touch screen Mac is that with the high cost of touch screens, replacing them if they malfunction. A USB keyboard costs roughly 20 dollars on average. A USB mouse can be up to 10 dollars for one that isn’t of the highest quality but works well enough for regular use. A replacement touch screen for an Ipod Touch is roughly 35 dollars, and a monitor would be much larger and costly than that.
Implementing touch screens for music players and phones was a fantastic idea. Since these items are smaller in comparison to a computer, users have much more time to adjust to the convenience and the device is already in their hands to start with. Implementing a touch screen Mac (for home use) just seems to be an idea at this time that will cause frustration at this point in time and discourage people from imminent technological advances.