"I don’t know that it’s truly the web, but to me the web is moving away from the browser for a lot of people. Apps on devices which make the web accessable to people who are afraid of the internet is probably the thing that I’m most excited about. Before apps people who weren’t geeks in my life didn’t talk about websites at all. Now they talk about apps (frontends to websites or not) in an almost giddy fashion. This is probably the coolest thing that has happened to the web. Web apps do not feel like desktop or iOS apps so to speak, but the lines are blurring for a lot of people."
This is what gets a lot of geeks excited: the things I think are great are being made more accessible to others, so I get to enjoy them with more people. There’s nothing like sharing something awesome with people and watching them either start freaking out over how cool it is or being blown away when they already know and love it and share something cool with you.
"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that."
Apple products were never popular until they brought out the iPod, because corporate customers don’t care how things work, just that they do, usually with other outdated or poor systems they’ve made bad purchase decisions about in the past. Now that IT finally is being driven by consumer demand, you see the switch from this type of thinking. If I’m going to buy something with my money, I want it to work for me, which means that I want something intended for a real person to use.
Just a quick thought on iPhone alarms - specifically, the complaint that they aren’t muted by the mute switch. The iPhone has always been well-equipped to deal with this type of situation. The problem stems from people using alarms as reminders, and not as alarms. If you want control over what can be muted, here it is in all its glory: you have always been able to set a reminder (first in the calendar app, now also in the reminders app) that will be muted by the switch. And you have always been able to set an alarm, which, just like any alarm clock you buy, will go off as scheduled, mute switch be damned, unless you turn the alarm off.