Here's a great story about the iPhone from Computerworld and how its user interface will lead in the 3rd generation of computing device interfaces, including PC's. Make sure to check out the multi touch demonstration
by Jeff Han at the end of the article. This is some of the coolest interface stuff I've seen since the 2nd generation of user interfaces was rolled out by Apple in the 80's. Some other nice videos show file management, graphics tools, and multi touch gestures. And the iPhone will begin to bring this to the masses. Some great concepts here that could be used by remote control interfaces, also. Enjoy!
An excerpt:Why the iPhone will change the (PC) world
Imagine an iPhone the size of a big-screen TV. That's the PC of the future.by Mike Elgan
February 16, 2007 (Computerworld) -- Steve Jobs' iPhone demo at Macworld Jan. 9 rocked the house, stopped the presses and upset the smart-phone status quo. Yes, Jobs changed the world. Again.
His keynote was so insanely great that five weeks later, we almost forget one important fact: The iPhone doesn't exist -- at least as a shipping product.
Neither you nor I has ever so much as touched an iPhone. Almost everything we know about the iPhone came from one big sales pitch. The iPhone could be the greatest device every manufactured. Or it could be a horrible flop like the Newton. Either is possible.
Jobs' iPhone demo was so powerful that he actually made people believe that Apple invented a whole new user interface. In fact, Apple did something more important than that. The company took some of the best -- hitherto obscure -- UI research and put it into a product that you will be able to buy. It did the same thing with the original Apple computer, the Mac, and with the iPod.
This is how Apple changes the world. It takes awesome research out of other people's labs, polishes and perfects it, and then ship it as warm-and-fuzzy consumer products everyone can buy.
Succeed or fail, the iPhone will be remembered as the first major step toward the third-generation PC user interface.