I hear all this talk about getting away from files and folders as silly antiquated ideas, but they're ideas we developed because they're fantastic ways to organize large amounts of stuff. Incredibly intuitive and of scalable complexity.
pts: "That said, I defy anyone who's ever had their mother ask them "but where did it go?" to tell me with a straight face that the hierarchical file system is the best way to organize data on a computer for most people."
Richer, more complex structures amenable to detailed queries are great, but as a baseline for storage, they have an unfortunate tendency to create lock-in and interface complexity.
That said, I defy anyone who's ever had their mother ask them "but where did it go?" to tell me with a straight face that the hierarchical file system is the best way to organize data on a computer for most people. The reality of life with a modern computer system is that "where did it go?" is an incredibly complicated question to answer, way more complicated than it should be, and ditching direct interaction with the file system is certainly a better way to approach the problem
She understands what a folder is in real life and has a keen idea on how a filing cabinet stays organized. She's been doing it since the 1950s. She knows how to make a "taxes" folder under "Documents" because that's exactly what she'd do with paper documents. The fact that there's search functionality for her home directory is just icing on the cake.
On the face of it, focusing on consumption seems like a no-brainer best way forward, but no doubt there it's far more nuanced and interconnected than that (such as consumers liking to emulate the equipment choices of artists they respect, etc.) And no doubt Apple has people who have studied these things in far more depth than my idle observations. But yeah, I concur that it looks like Apple switched focus quite some time ago, and with completely understandable reason.
This makes sense, although I'd think setting a little aside to retain the good-will of an industry that helped make you might make good business sense, too. It might be a branding/marketing issue to paint yourself as loyal to a smaller industry. But then again, maybe they calculated whether that would pay off in the long run and decided against it.
This is where their interface similarities to the "i" product line makes sense. Person starts out using iMovie or whatever, as they get older and more professional, they want to move up, and it makes sense when they see the "pro" app isn't a total different interface or way of working.
It should also be remembered that Apple doesn't like to reveal what it's up to until it's time to almost release the product. Aperture is a great example, people wonder what's going on, when a new version is being released, while adobe tosses out public betas, and then bam! Here is the next version, download now, and updates to fix what people find wrong pretty quickly.
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