I don't see anything on the dashboard page you reference that indicates
anything related to web application development being "dead" or "alive"
in the future.
"The Dashboard is a semi-transparent layer that zooms across your
Desktop with a single button click, similar to the way Exposé works. To
put the Dashboard away, simply press the function key again and youre
back to where you started without messing with your Desktop or dock. Use
the Dashboard to get fast access to information and application controls
you use most frequently."
I also can't help but think that "dashboard" is what "desktop" was
intended to be...it's just been hijacked by every icon-dropping install
program to come along in the last 13 or more years. Users multi-task
much more now than they ever have, and every app wants some attention.
Collectively, the applications users run today create a window
management nightmare...so now instead of
moving/closing/minimizing/sizing windows to get back down to the desktop
(has anyone else become and avid <windows key>-M shortcut user?), Apple
is creating a new "desktop" (aka dashboard) that you can popup on top of
all the other crud that's running.
"The Dashboard is home to a new kind of application called Widgets.
for fun as well as function."
Yawn. Please see "portlets" from "portals" hype last 4+ years.
"Leave No Widget Unturned
Elegantly designed Dashboard accessories animate in cool and interesting
Yes. The animation will be much cooler and more interesting than the
content or functionality in the accessories, at least if the past
predicts the future. A clock, calculator or sticky note that animates
is not any better than one that doesn't animate...and animation loses
it's "cool" quickly.
"Complex transitions, movement and visual effects are just a few of the
amazing visual feats that make Widgets as great looking as they are
language to take advantage of Core Image capabilities."
Amazing! This won't significantly improve anything other than the stock
prices of CPU and memory makers. I don't think it's been the lack of
animation and drawing tools that have held web apps back. Designers can
do amazing things with Flash already...yet Rich Internet Apps
(Flash-based or otherwise) aren't very common today.
Let's face it, web apps are hampered by a puny UI toolset and limited
client capabilities. I think RIA's will eventually take off, but we
need more robust and mature technology standards to work with before
that will happen.
Meanwhile, GUI's are adopting aspects of web apps...