Simplicity Can Sometimes Make Things Complicated
Sunday, June 05, 2011, by Sebastian Dwornik

Apple keyboardTake Apple's keyboard on their laptops for example.  Without dedicated 'Home', 'End', 'Page Up', and 'Page Down' keys, users must now resort to a less intuitive process of using 'Fn+Up Arrow' for 'Page Up'.  'Home' and 'End' are an 'Apple key + Left/Right Arrows'.

There is still enough space on the laptop available for Apple to add those keys.  Why they don't is I'm guessing presumably a "Steve Jobs thing".

Users coming from most PC environments will eventually adapt.  But this one example, I believe is where "thinking different", doesn't seem to make much sense to me.

Being a developer, one of the absolute most important tools you need is a good keyboard that permits you to move the cursor around as quickly as possible.

Thankfully Apple still makes a full keyboard with numeric keypad.

Happy typing!

 

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