Lion’s Inverted Scroll

How do you Lion users find the “opposite” scroll? Haven’t used it yet, but seems mental to me that they’ve forgone decades of UI convention to align this operation on a desktop OS closer to a touch device.

By getting used to the inverted scroll do you eventually imagine your fingers actually grabbing the screen and flinging it up – al-la a touch screen?

Here’s noted Apple-banger, John Gruber:

“My number one Lion tip: No matter how wrong it feels, stick with the new trackpad scrolling direction. Give it a week. At first it will drive you far crazier than you expect, but then you’ll get used to it.”

But… WHY? Why the hell should we subject ourselves to a week of pain, when there is NOTHING broken with the current convention? If inverting will “drive you far crazier than you expect” then how is it an improvement worth inflicting on millions of users?

Thoughts?

Karl Smith is a New Zealander living in Melbourne, Australia. He's an art and design, tech, and pop culture enthusiast. Previous gigs include musician, concierge, picture framer, designer and product manager.