Curated Computing in a Post-iPad Landscape

Writing for Ars Technica, Sarah Rotman Epps argues that the iPad will usher in an era of curated computing — “a mode of computing where choice is constrained to deliver less complex, more relevant experiences.” 

Which is really just another way of saying that people want their computers to work without having to think about the internal mechanics of the hardware or even pondering how the software and the web can interact with the rest of the world. 

It’s streamlined, intensely personal computing.  But again, isn’t this what all great design should strive for?  Don’t we all want streamlined products that don’t get in the way of themselves?  I fail to understand how the iPad differs in that respect from any other computers, except that Apple seems to have acheived a desirable outcome.

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