In a Q&A during the keynote address introducing the iPhone OS 4, Steve and friends were asked :
Q: How do you close applications when multitasking?
A: (Scott Forstall) You don’t have to. The user just uses things and doesn’t ever have to worry about it.
A: (Steve Jobs) It’s like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it. In multitasking, if you see a task manager… they blew it. Users shouldn’t ever have to think about it.
I truly feel that Apple is still being haunted by the Newton, which came with a stylus. It had to. The whole idea of handheld computing was just not possible to do correctly with what technology was available then. Touch input wasn’t available and clearly it is the way to go. Now that it is available, it is the way to go- and go we have! We have the iPhone which still feels like a device from the future, even years later. And just days ago- the iPad! It is what Apple pitches it as being and will clearly only get better with the news of iPhone OS 4- multitasking, folders and so on.
What Mr. Jobs is missing, in our humble but very solid opinion, is that adding a stylus as an additional/optional means of data input only enhances the product. It caters to extra needs that many users have. As professional artists, it just isn’t possible for us to go into a job and produce professional quality work with our fingers. What- are we in kindergarten here? No. The iPad itself is capable of delivering professional quality work, especially with an app such as Sketchbook Pro. It’s the means of input that’s lacking.
The iPad for (serious) digital artists- close, but no cigar (stylus). Steve, you need to look a bit beyond your own needs just a bit more and deliver what your customers want.