iOS Consoles?

John Gruber at Daring Fireball:

“Consoles” are a business model and user experience design choice, and the iPhone and iPad are effectively app consoles, where games are just one type of app.

This is a bad take.

My iPhone is the computer I use each and every day, for multiple hours per day. Many other people do, too. Phones are not just “phones” anymore, they are general purpose computers that allow people to send email, bank online, consume media content, write, draw, and create.

The iPhone and iPad are not consoles in the way an Xbox is a console. The Xbox is not striving to be a general purpose computing platform. The Xbox is not competing for my eyeballs against my Mac or PC.

Taking the Wikipedia definition:

A video game console is an electronic or computer device that outputs a video signal or visual image to display a video game that one or more people can play through some type of game controller.

The term “video game console” is used to distinguish a console machine primarily designed for consumers to use for playing video games, in contrast to arcade machines or home computers.

Emphasis mine.

Or home computers. What is an iPad but a “home computer”? I’m typing this on an iPad right now.

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