I always hated the notion that people are to dumb for a special kind of technology, It’s the other way round. Most of the tech out there is a piece of total crap, that people with enough patience can somehow work with. It always has been, and it will be in the foreseeable future.
But that is simply not good enough.
Some companies seem to get this, and at least try hard to make things simple, less of a burden to the user. Let us face it, the iPad, the iPhone and the iPod Touch are commodity devices, not general computing platforms. And I would argue that is a good thing.
The general computing platforms won’t go away, but I strongly suggest that they won’t be where the mainstream is headed. I sincerely hope that we will have multiple manufacturers in that space, and the IT industry does not let Apple rise to a defacto monopoly in that area.
This is what scares me the most. Not that it is Apple, but the fact that Apple seems to be the only manufacturer to come up with something easy and decent enough to not scare away all the users not wanting to deal with all those overcomplicated general computing knowledge.
Again, just face it. It is 2010, we have HD television sets, an no fricking manufacturer has come close to put a decent web experience on the TV. Even gaming consoles fail horribly. Sony did a shitty job in their PS3, Microsoft didn’t even try with Xbox 360. The Nintendo Wii, which currently does the best job there today, does not have enough pixels to be noteworthy. Moreover, the overall online experience of the Wii is a total mess. Wake up industry, we need competition in that general area!