Yup. And that is where I suspect GNOME 3 came from. A few years ago the iPad dropped on the world, Microsoft was about to unleash Metro and the GNOMEs got a real bad case of tablet envy.
What a difference a few years make. Apple didn't turn the Mac into an iProduct, Microsoft is watching Windows 8 become the biggest failure since Windows ME (Bob is still their biggest bomb though.) and GNOME3 utterly failed to convince anyone it was a viable desktop. I was asking a long time ago whether RedHat would be dumb enough to try passing it off on their actual paying customers. Now we know the answer, no they aren't.
With a little luck, perhaps the madness that befell our industry is passing. Microsoft is restoring the Start button and if they don't provide an actual menu behind it other certainly will. Now we know it will be at least RHEL8 before GNOME Shell could be inflicted on corporate Linux desktop users and by it might not even exist. People might finally be realizing that desktops and tablets are not interchangable. Ubuntu still hasn't figured it out, but they are trying really hard to get on tablets so maybe Unity will work for em.