I have my iPad/Logitech setup next to my MacBook Pro, and I find myself touching the screen of the MacBook Pro expecting it to be sensitive like the iPad. Sometimes I touch the two external 24" monitors expecting them to be sensitive.
Touch is intuitive, but for pixel-level control I need a device with a mouse, so for tasks like Photoshop a mouse is required.
Certainly Steve Jobs did not suffer from being under confident. Must have been a very interesting departure for Isacson after writing about Einstein and Franklin. In this case, he was actually able to talk to jobs and if I'm not mistaken he interviewed him over a period of several years. I need to read that book. I've been meaning to for a long time.
@Dylan: I myself am just old enough to remember when TV remote controls came into widespread use.
When my grandfather had a stroke, he was completely paralyzed down his left side spo he came to live at our house. I was about 10 at the time. We lived in a "two up, two down" type house -- downstairs we had the family room and the dining room (both about 14' x 12') -- so we converted the dining room into granddad's room (he was pretty much bedridden).
We had a black-and-white TV in the family room and we got another one for granddad. There weren;t any remote controls in those days, but my dad got an old broompole -- granddad coudl use it to push the buttons on the TV (we had only 2 or 3 channels in those days) and he was as happy as a clam with his "remote control" :-)
Yeah, no doubt. But I don't think that is any different than it's always been. When you grow up in a world with technology, you can't really imagine how things were before that technology existed. I myself am just old enough to remember when TV remote controls came into widespread use. For someone born a few years after me, can you imagine what they thought of the idea that you had to get up and walk over to the TV to change the channel?
I loved his bio of Steve Jobs ... but I have to say that his bio of Einstein really blew me away -- he didn't get into the math, but by the time I'd finished I had a much better appreciation of Einstein's feat.
I have the iPad2 -- I heard that the Retina doisplay is great for applications that were developed for it -- but that some earlier applications that were developed for the iPad2 don't look very good on the Retina display -- have you heard anything about that?