For a very long time, Apple ignored the addition of touch displays to its computers, despite the fact that competitors use such technology quite successfully. Even Steve Jobs once called it “ergonomically terrible.” (Quite ironic, because Apple was the company that took smartphone touchscreens to a completely different level at the time.) But now the Mac is reconsidering its stance on touchscreens.
The indefatigable Mark Gurman says that the company already has engineers working on such a project. This may be the first time that Apple will change its own concept of Mac control through the display. Although MacBook Pro laptops got a TouchBar – a touch panel with a built-in screen that replaced the row of F-keys – the touch display in its usual sense was still very far away for Macs. Later, TouchBar disappeared altogether from MacBook Pro topcases.
The company, meanwhile, advised the iPad if the user needed a touch screen. Among other things, Apple was concerned that the Mac with a touch screen could take away some of the tablet sales.
The company’s current product positions have changed. Recent Mac updates have been able to help computers overtake tablets in monetary terms. In addition, competitive solutions exert considerable pressure. That’s why Apple has more and more reasons to update its views on Mac screens.
But we will have to wait for such a Mac. The MacBook Pro in 2025 may be the first to get such a display. It will (if it happens) be part of a major refresh for the manufacturer’s line of professional laptops. MBP will keep the traditional keyboard and trackpad, but can additionally be controlled through the display, supporting taps and gestures, as on the iPhone and iPad. Along with this, laptops can also switch to OLED-matrix instead of IPS. Later, touch panels may appear in other Apple computers.
Of course, internal attempts to make a similar product do not mean that this is exactly the future that awaits the Mac. In two years, everything can change: both the company’s approach or production difficulties, as well as any external factors. And Apple itself, of course, does not comment on this information.