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To answer why iPhone has no need for a Finder. For these who has no idea what a Finder is, look here and here. Finder is an app that user browse and manage the files in computer, equivalent of Windows Explorer in Windows or Nautilus file manager in Linux.

Finder presents a view to the end user. Instead of faithfully showing you what is really inside your harddrive, a Mac Finder is to hind unnecessary details from users. From a user perspective, there are only data and non-data (which includes apps, executables, system files….). Data is my work, my creation. Non-data either comes with computer or what I brought. Data is to be exchanged, shared. Non-data is the tools help me work with the data. Data is my raw material and finished product. Non-data is craving knife, paint brush or printing press. Data is MP3 songs, photoshop files. Non-data is MS Word and Photoshop. The data has to pair at least one app to make it useful.

The presented view of Finder is the icons in the desktop/folder windows. To a user, icons is the file and the data. In one level of reality, icons is only a collection of different type of data. A MP3 files contains details of the music data, track name and album art. A JPEG file contains “the picture“, the camera type, last modification date and so on. People will call track name, camera and others type metadata but in essential they are data. In Classic Finder’s design, a file (displayed as icon) in fact associates with many data such as document type, creator code and so on. Creator code allows the double click of icon to launch an application. The application icons associate itself with resource-fork. Today’s OS X apps maintains the classic single icons appearance by using package (a folder container for all the resources and the application executable).

The raisons d’être for Finder is management of files in opened platform environment. Open platform is the computer we used to for decades. We use app to create files, more generally the tools to create works. The open platform allows you to buy/download the app, even you can create your own tools. The files and apps come and go. In an open platform, creativity and power of the tools is the limitation. Finder is a general purpose management tools in the sea of data that is managing in the form of files

To be continue…

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One Comment

  1. I agree completely! The iPhone/iTouch needs the ability to download files and manage files. AKA, a finder app. Then it would truly be a handheld computer. There are already editing apps on the app store. The ability to save files of those apps and share them with another person who has that app would be great.


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