14. Advanced Interface Techniques

What’s New in the Interface World

Arguably, the biggest event in the world of computer interfaces occurred on April 3, 2010 when Apple shipped the first iPad. Although the iPhone actually pioneered many of the interface changes that reached fruition in the iPad, the size and shape of the iPad quickly got people to think that this wasn’t a new kind of phone but rather a new kind of computer. Compared to existing computers, the iPad was as powerful (or even more powerful) than many of them. What’s more, the iPad’s powerful battery meant that it was more portable than even laptop computers, which had seemed so svelte only a few years before.

People also noticed what the iPad did not have that desktop and laptop ...

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