What might a tablet's home screen look like?
Posted 26 January 2010 - 10:59 AM
Posted 26 January 2010 - 11:27 AM
Rob, curious what you'd use this tablet for? Four of the app/widgets you show already work perfectly on my iPhone, which also does a bang-up job of scrolling through a newspaper article print column in the NY Times app--although imperfect for undisciplined browsing--and is also a pretty good photo viewer. So I don't think I'd buy a tablet for any of what is on your mock-up screen.
Posted 26 January 2010 - 11:48 AM
So yes, the home screen replicates the iPhone's widgets (though I took them from Dashboard ). But the big difference is you have to run all those sequentially on the iPhone, and you don't have the screen space to see them all at once anyway.
With a tablet, I'd want it to be my information appliance when I glance at it, and then be able to use it for all the stuff we (seemingly) know it will do - games, movies, e-books, etc.
As for the other two articles, all are basically saying the same thing: the desktop metaphor won't work. I'm not suggesting the desktop metaphor come across; the Finder icon is there as a placeholder for some method of running the other apps. (This wasn't intended to predict Apple's actual design, just some thoughts on what I'd like to be able to do on the home screen of a tablet.)
Posted 26 January 2010 - 01:18 PM
There's just so much to cover!
Maybe Apple could wait an extra day or two....
Posted 27 January 2010 - 09:39 AM