So, I usually applaud companies that try to set the curve for new user input standards, and such innovations are usually met with an “ooh ahh” by me… but to be honest – I don’t really know what to make of this:
I mean, it’s kind of cool looking… I guess… but the “buy this now” chimp that usually bounces up and down on my back when I see new gadgets like this just isn’t bouncing on this one. The idea is to bring multi-touch hand gestures that users on Apple’s mobile platforms have been using into the desktop realm. They want to make rotating an image as easy as spinning your hand in a circle on a pad.
Here’s the quip I’ve got about it: most of the people who are going to be spending $70 (that’s right, the glorified board costs $70) on extra peripherals for their computers, aren’t going to be using Apple’s Preview to rotate their image. In fact, odds are they will be using Photoshop. I’ll be honest, I’ve tried Apple’s software and I don’t like it as much as a photographer. Just saying.
The funny part is that even though it’s brand new… there are a lot of raving reviews on apple’s website… all of them with titles along the lines of “Magical” or “Marvelous”…. I think the Steve Jobs fanboys that work in the Apple Stores around the world are commenting on it…. it will be interesting to see what happens to the ratings when real users get their hands on one.
Am I just a skeptical trackpad hater, or does this smell kind of like a waste of money to everyone else too?