13. WIMP or GUI Interface

Steve Jobs was the owner of a company that encouraged innovation. It is called Apple. He hired the best in the industry to create something that had never been seen before. One of those people is the British designer, Sir Jonathan Ive who conceived of the UI idea of many Apple products including the iPod and the iPhone.

Anyway, Steve Jobs was a true master of how to present a new product (sadly he died in 2011). Here is his one and a half hour presentation of the original iPhone in 2007 that changed the way people used the phone all over the world. It really was a different way of using the phone and the internet - it is not part of your course, so you just need to look at it from your home computer, but it is a significant part of history.

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Advantages and Disadvantages
Advantages Disadvantages
This type of user interface is easy to use, especially for a beginner GUIs take up a much larger amount of hard disk space than other interfaces
It is easy to explore and find your way around the system using a WIMP/ GUI interface They need significantly more memory (RAM) to run than other interface types
You do not have to learn complicated commands They use more processing power than other types of interface
There are usually good help facilities provided with WIMP interfaces They can be slow for experienced programmers to use. These people often find CLI interfaces faster to use
You get the benefits of WYSIWYG  
They let you exchange data between different software applications  


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