The Original iPad mini and Apple’s fluid vision by Nitin Khanna (Nitin Khanna)
It seems like Steve Jobs and Apple understood that you can’t place things too close inside the screen, but forgot that you can’t place the screen and the edge too close either, because it’ll cause hours of headaches by unwanted swipes, taps, and hard pressed. The Apple of today thinks bezels are bad and it is wrong. Steve Jobs might have said the above, but he’s also the one constantly touting that they made their devices thinner, which reduces battery life and also the ‘holdability’ of mobile devices.

I think the only thing that has changed at Apple is that Steve Jobs died. But that is the most significant change. While I am sure there are employees at Apple who have said, ”We think the bezels are too narrows” or ”This device is too thin and slippery”, their voices don’t have the same weight as Steve Jobs saying, ” That’s stupid!”.

And that makes all the difference. Steve was a user, just like you and me. He mostly like used Apple’s product often and probably found and had engineers fix I think the only thing that has changed at Apple is that Steve Jobs died. But that is the most significant change. While I am sure there are employees at Apple who have said, ”We think the bezels are too narrows” or ”This device is too thin and slippery”, their voices don’t have the same weight as Steve Jobs saying, ” That’s stupid!”.

And that makes all the difference. Steve was a user, just like you and me. He most likely used Apple’s product often and found all the issues that annoyed him and probably told his people to fix them. He’s not there anymore to inform Jony, and Phil, and Tim when they are being stupid.

That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity.Steve Jobs

The war on ports, the fanaticism over thinness and big screen size will eventually fade. Hopefully soon. My iPhone 7 fits just on the edge of comfort inside my dress pant and is painful in the front pockets of my jeans. The iPhone XR is even bigger. I put a case on my iPhone 7 because the shiny package was sliding out of my hand.

2018 is the first year since 2010 that I have not upgraded my iPad and iPhone to the latest.

The war on ports, the fanaticism over thinness and screen size is hopefully over.

VIC-20
When did you get your first computer? by kOoLiNuSkOoLiNuS (/home/kOoLiNuS)

Do you have a child? How soon and in what forms did you let him/her play with smartphones and tablets?

I got my first computer in 1980 when I was 14 years old. I had begged my father for a computer for my birthday and he bought me a brand new Commodore VIC-20. It was one of the most popular computers of its time. I loved that thing and spent many hours learning BASIC and programming my own games. My grades dropped because I was so focused on using that computer. My father had to take the computer away until my grades improved.

When the first child got a computer when they were just a few years old. It was an old Windows PC running Windows 98. I installed a few simple games allowing them to make things happen. When they were older I bought an iMac for the entire family to use.

But their very first personal computer was my hand-me-down iPad 2 which I presented on their 11th birthday, followed by an iPhone when they started high school.

My nephews are much younger than my kids and started using these devices much sooner; elementary school. I think that was a mistake. They can’t function without them. Going out to dinner I see my sister-in-law struggle to keep them focused on the meal or even just casual conversation.

I agree with Riccardo. I don’t have a link to it but I remember reading a post by one iPad enthusiast where he admitted being less productive on his iPad. But he didn’t care. He wanted to use his iPad for everything. Insane!!

Ricardo includes a links to earlier articles he wrote on this topic. I recommend reading all of them.