This Ain’t Your Father’s Newton
Back before Steve Jobs returned to Apple, the company introduced a Magical Gadget that promised to change the way you live.
It, um, didn’t work out.
This time around, instead of handwriting recognition, Apple promised voice recognition — and not just simple commands, but contextual understanding of requests.
It’s the kind of thing that could have gone terribly, terribly wrong.
Or it could become a cultural event.
We don’t have the new iPhone – we’re still on contract with the old one – and we don’t have an emotional stake in Apple products, other than the pleasure of using them. But our introduction to computers involved punchtape and a teletypewriter. Ours may not be the life of someone who lived through the Wright Brothers and the Moon Landing, but we’re starting to understand the feeling.