For a long time, bucking industry trends, Apple has refused to release and touch screen computer. Now, according to Mark Gurman, the Cupertino company is actively working on a project that poses the opposite.
A team of Apple engineers is focused on developing the first touchscreen MacBook Pro. The computer, despite receiving this important change, would not undergo major changes at the design level, and would retain the standard form factor with keyboard and trackpad.
The first MacBook Pro with a touchscreen may arrive in 2024
The renowned Bloomberg journalist also points out that the plans of the Cupertino company contemplate the use of screens OLED instead of LCD. This would not be a first for Apple’s product line, as the iPhone and Apple Watch currently use this more advanced display technology.
While Apple is working on a touchscreen Mac, efforts are focusing on the hardware. At the level of operating systems, they assure, there is no thought of unifying iPadOS and macOS, so the first commercial products would arrive with macOS.
As we can see, details about the company’s project are scarce. It is speculated that the first Mac laptop with a screen arrive in 2025and that it is part of the Pro family. However, the launch of this device is not yet confirmed and Apple’s plans could change.
If materialized, this movement would become a historical turn. Apple’s relationship with touch screens has been quite particular. Steve Jobs pushed the concept of a touch screen as one of the great benefits of the iPhone, but made it clear that incorporating it into a Mac would be the wrong idea.
Already in the time of Tim Cook, Apple took a small step and incorporated a touch screen into the MacBook Pro. It was not the main panel, but the Touch Bar. This addition, however, failed to win over users and developers. Consequently, Apple decided to dec
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