How Apple may change Finder in the future
Find, as a layer of file manager, file browser, and user interface, plays an important role on Mac. Desktop has been adopted on Mac in the early days. Although it’s not the first to use desktop, it’s the first to widely use it. It controls devices through WIMP (windows, icons, menus, and pointer).
Desktop allows you to manage files in your own way. You can classify files and folders with subfolders, which make the management more flexible and extensive. You can put all the files in a folder, and search for what you want using Spotlight.
I don’t deny its practicability, but it’s time to move on. Apple has discovered changes on iOS – it uses app window instead of file, and your finger will be your pointer. Perhaps Apple can try this on desktop. I’d be surprised Apple hasn’t been developing new interfaces.
I don’t mean desktop is bad, it may be the best way of computer interaction at present. If we have to control our computers through our fingers and gestures like how people do it in the movies, it would be quite exhausted.
We’re not able to complete all the stuff through voice control either. Althought Nuance and Dragon can perfectly translate your voice into words and you can access some features on Mac through Siri, how can you accomplish your missions like this in a crowded office? Reality enhancement would be the next trend, but it’s just a tool instead of an interaction way between human and machine.
Seems there is no better interaction than WIMP currently, but I still expect Apple to bring us something new.