Page 2 – News Debris For The Week Of August 28th
The Touch Bar’s Future
In a follow-up article, author Von Rospach takes a closer look the future of Touch ID and the Touch Bar.
In his part II, the author goes into a deeper analysis of where Apple is headed with Touch ID, the Secure Enclave in Macs, and more modern authentication technologies.
With the iPhone 8, it looks like that new technology is here. And if this is true, that explains at least in part why the TouchID sensor was downplayed in last fall’s announcements (don’t want to oversell something they know is going away) and why we don’t have a Touch Bar keyboard. It made no sense to build that product since a year later it would be replaced.
Again, this goes to the heart of how Apple rolls out new technologies piecemeal. Apple can’t give away its intentions, and so it’s often necessary to roll out parts of a new technology incrementally. Taken at face value, the first piece may look like nothing to write home about. (Or worse, doesn’t meet immediate needs.) But after a period of field testing, Apple is ready to fold in the next component. Before we know it, Apple has something amazing in the aggregate. The company has done this before.
Von Rospach notes:
It looks this is another case of Apple playing a long game with their technologies that only in retrospect are we starting to understand. TouchID seems to be a transitional technology,
And to make things even more interesting, the author contemplates a second generation Touch Bar. We can’t overlook natural evolution driven by Apple’s massive investments in R&D.
Perhaps the lesson in all this is that any company must be mindful of the technical needs of users and not dismiss them because it thinks it has something really cool up its sleeve, ready to come to fruition in a few years. Keeping us excited in the here-and-now while the future pieces are being put into place is a job for clever engineering and marketing.
There is a wealth of insight in these two articles by author Von Rospach.
Particle Debris is a generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article of the week (preamble on page one) followed on page two by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holiday weekends.