I hadn’t planned to, but I ended up lining up in the wee hours a couple weeks back for an iPhone 4S.
It was more a father-son bonding thing than a geek thing, to be honest. But once the Vancouver media descended on the scene and started interviewing us, well, I felt compelled to buy one, just to show it off for the TV cameras if nothing else.
And to be honest, I’m kind of glad I did. The iPhone 4S packs a key technology that clearly demonstrates the future of how we’ll use computers: a service called Siri lets you do things on your iPhone using just your voice.
In concept, Siri, isn’t that significant.
We’ve theoretically been able to operate our desktop computers with our voices for quite some time.
Instead, Apple’s true achievement in Siri is twofold:
First, it pretty much works, unlike most voice services that have come before (including those from Apple).
Second, it’s available away from your desk and it’s baked in. Voice services matter a lot more to the average person when you’re mobile and they’re easy to access.
With Siri, Apple has effectively reset the compass on the future direction of personal computing.
Instead of continuing along the path of pushing pixels across glass screens, Siri demonstrates that we can do without devices altogether. Continue reading