Jony Ive, former Apple Chief Design Officer, feels touchscreens in a car are an example of the interface “being driven inappropriately by something like multitouch.”
Tim Cook and Laurence Powell Jobs were also present at the Vox Media’s Code conference along with Ive. Journalist Kara Swisher asked Ive what his opinion was on the current design trends. He replied, “fabulous affordances with interfaces like multitouch,” but said that they may have gone too far in places — and it might be time for a shift back toward more physical controls.”
Ive added, “Potentially the pendulum may swing a little to have interfaces and products that are more tactile and more engaging physically,”
Swisher mentioned that cars were an example of multitouch being overused and for this, Ive answered, “for example.”
Swisher had another question for Ive, she asked him how he would design a car, and he laughed and replied, “you know I can’t talk to you about that.”
There is an ongoing debate on whether manual buttons in operations threaten the driver’s safety, as cars nowadays are equipped with a touchscreen for climate and controlling the drive.
As the car Vi Bilagare, a Swedish publication, engaged in a debate to measure how long it would take for tasks like adjusting the radio or temperature. They declared that touch screens underperformed compared to manual buttons.