Thoughts from a NeXTStep Guy on Cocoa Development

Foretelling the iPhone

Aug 19, 2009 by Bill Dudney

I am currently reading The Design of Everyday Things. It is a great book, although it has often made me angry at the designers of doors and stove tops :)

In the section about memory Norman discusses the importance of reminders. There is some clever stuff in this chapter. He makes this statement.

Would you like a pocket-size device that reminded you of each appointment and daily event? I would. I am waiting for the day when portable computers become small enough that I can keep one with me at all times. I will definitely put all my reminding burdens upon it. It has to be small. It has to be convenient to use. And it has to be relatively powerful, at least by today's standards. It has to have a full, standard typewriter keyboard and a reasonably large display. It needs good graphics, because that makes a tremendous difference in usability, and a lot of memory - a huge amount, actually. And it should be easy to hook up to the telephone; I need to connect it to my home and laboratory computers. Of course, it should be relatively inexpensive.

I read that and thought wow this guy new the iPhone back in 1988 (first edition of the book). But, instead of having to hook it up to the phone, it is the phone.


Hah yes every time I leave my office building I find myself thinking about the poor decision of pull door handles on push doors.

Posted by Charles Feduke on August 19, 2009 at 05:42 PM MDT #

haha sounds like he just described my beloved Psion Series 3a. Solid state disks, large 480x160 screen, a massive 2MB of memory, useable QWERTY keyboard and this was in 1993! It's what I hope the iPhone will eventually become.

Posted by Richard W on August 25, 2009 at 01:52 PM MDT #

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