I’ve written before about how the iPad is changing the computing game. But that was about changing how we interact with computers (touchscreen) and consume media (more and in all kinds of places we wouldn’t have lugged our laptop). That remains true, but recently I’ve noted, as have others, that the game is changing yet again.
This time we’re talking about the iPadization of enterprise desktop applications. I first experienced this with the iPad app Filemaker Go. This application allows you to connect to a Filemaker Pro database on another computer or web server somewhere and use it like it was on your device. Since my wife is running for political office, this means I can have easy (trivial, really) access to her database of supporters at all times. I can even whip it out at an event and enter someone’s contact information right then and there.
I’m far from the only one to note this phenomenon. A recent post on Gizmodo talks about the soon-to-be-released version of Adobe Photoshop for the iPad. They were so impressed with what you could do in Photoshop on the iPad that they even predicted the end of the desktop computing era. The reason is that this new version of Photoshop is not some dummed-down version, it’s the real deal. It’s just re-engineered to take advantage of the touch interface.
I’m not sure I’m willing to go as far as Gizmodo in predicting the end of desktop computing, but it’s intriguing to contemplate. Will the desktop soon be dead, to be replaced by ever-more-capable pad devices? Let me know what you think.
Photo by Ted Murphy, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.