Microsoft vs. Apple: the multi-touch war
Multi-touch is the latest craze it seems. Once the technology was finally perfected, it went through a series of acquisitions which Apple took under its disproportionate wing; hence why we see multi-touch technology in the iPhone and iPod Touch devices. It’s taken nearly three decades to see it reach our technology, but now it’ll be what could well replace the standard keyboard and mouse. But are we ready for it?
Windows 7 may already be the first (desktop) operating system to support multi-touch technology, and from little we’ve seen, it seems to work well. Since Apple gained the technology, they’ve thrown it into the Macbook Air, but little seems to be known about it. The keyboard and mouse will still stick around for a good while; there’s no doubt they’ll go out of style, fashion or use for a good long while yet though.
Touch screens have been around for a long while, ranging from Tablet PC’s, mobile devices (or “Palm Pilots” back in the day), to those beeping kiosks you have at railway stations to tell you which platform to jump from catch your train from. Having two-fingers being pressed against a screen would ordinarily confuse these simple minded devices, whereas a multi-touch device can translate a physical hardware input into a software based command - rotate, crop, move, select, expand, increase or decrease, and more… (Source: Zack Whittaker, ZDNet Blogs)
Chris De Herrera