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by Jason Snell & Dan Moren

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Maybe the Mac is a typewriter, after all

This week my column for Macworld started as a simple link post for Six Colors about this AppleInsider report involving a new Apple patent.

But it spiraled out of control, and ended up making a reference to a classic Mac book while becoming a bigger-picture thing about why the Mac exists today, the lifetime of the desktop-computing metaphor, and the future of user interface:

Put yourself in Apple’s shoes and imagine where you want to take your text-input technology over the next 15 years. Is anyone at Apple really imagining how the company is going to evolve the keyboard between now and 2030? My guess is that Apple views the keyboard as a solved problem. And while keyboards can be improved, they’re always going to be keyboards.

Read the rest over at Macworld.