Saturday, December 10

Did Apple just hint that a touchscreen Mac is coming? | Digital Trends Spanish


Apple software chief Craig Federighi has refused to rule out the possibility of a Mac with touch screen, which could open the door to the kind of device that Apple has long disdained. However, there are reasons to doubt that it will ever happen.

During an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern at the outlet’s Tech Live event, Federighi was asked if Apple would ever release a touchscreen laptop. Her response from him? The cryptic, “Who can tell?”

It is a much more ambiguous position than what the company usually gives on the subject. Apple executives from Steve Jobs to Phil Schiller have long denounced the idea of ​​launching a laptop with a built-in touchscreen, stating that using it can be awkward, uncomfortable and lead to arm fatigue. They have reiterated it several times over the years, including in 2018, 2020 and 2021.

For example, speaking in 2010Steve Jobs explained Apple’s thinking: “We’ve done tons of user testing on [una pantalla táctil de Mac], and it turns out it doesn’t work. Touch surfaces don’t want to be vertical… After a short period of time, you start to get fatigued, and after a long period of time, your arm wants to fall off.”

Federighi himself has previously denied the viability of a touchscreen Mac, saying that “grafting touch onto something that fundamentally it was designed around a precise pointer it really compromises the experience.”

Don’t get too excited

Those historical statements make Federighi’s answer to Stern’s question all the more interesting. Is Apple softening its stance on the idea of ​​bringing a touch screen to the Mac? Does the company have active plans to introduce such a device? Or was Federighi simply hedging his bets against an uncertain future in a world where technology moves at a breakneck pace?

Personally, my bet is for the latter. Apple has such a long history of excluding touch screens from its Macs that the idea is probably deeply ingrained in the company’s DNA by now. It has resisted calls to add touchscreen functionality even in recent years, as rivals such as the HP Specter x360 13.5 have embraced it, while remaining adamant that it has no place on MacBooks and iMacs.

Even when Apple added a small element of touchscreen capability to its Macs in the form of the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, it’s telling to note that it was a horizontal touchpad, not the vertical kind that Steve Jobs believed caused arm fatigue. And even that experiment didn’t last long before it was unceremoniously abandoned.

All that is to say that I wouldn’t get too excited about Federighi’s latest statement. Apple has tested touchscreen Macs in the past, according to Federighi, and maybe one day Apple will find a way to make touch surfaces work on its computers. But that day is far away, if it ever comes.

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