That’s not saving us much, though. Yes, plenty of people are dumping their Macs and PCs in favor of iPads. The rest of us often have all three devices. What’s clear in the post-PC era is that it also marks the end of the golden era of folders.
Folders, Wherefore Art Thou?
From the earliest days of personal computing we’ve had folders, or, more correctly termed, directories. That’s where we organize and store files of all types.
For Mac users, the file management system is the Finder, and that’s how most of us navigate through the file hierarchy of folders.
Without giving it much thought we’ve learned to store folders and files in the Documents folder on the Mac.
What about the iPhone and iPad? Yes, files and folders are still there but Apple, for the most part, has removed easy access to files, hence, no need for folder management.
Say goodbye to folders. It’s not likely we’ll see them again in the future. Why? Apple, or rather, more specifically, Steve Jobs, didn’t want us to muck around with folder management.
Now, I understand the sentiment. Folders are not fun to organize for the experienced Mac or PC user, let alone the average person who doesn’t live, breathe, eat, sleep and slave over a hot keyboard all day.
The iPhone and iPad are somewhat liberating because there’s not much to manage. The apps do the management for us. And that’s the problem.
While I may enjoy the freedom from not managing files in folders, I want the option to manage my own files and folders on every device, keep them in sync on every device, and have the opportunity to change the organization whenever and however I see fit.
Apple has taken that freedom away. I want it back. You should want it back, too, because it’s in your best interests to be in control of your own files, and not leave storage and management to someone else. More control is better than less control even if it’s an option.
Yes, it’s easier to not worry about it, but whenever a file gets lost or misplaced on my Mac I can easily track it down. Not so iPhone or iPad. A third party utility is required to find the lost sheep files and folders.
Apple’s walled garden, Disneyland-like world has attracted a few hundred million users, and most of them are happy not to have to worry about such things like, well, you know– where the files and folders are.
Some of us worry about that, miss the controls we want and need, and now we have to worry about Apple’s big brother attitude, too.