Bad news for those anticipating a MacBook with touchscreen technology – don’t hold your breath for its arrival.

Apple MacBook Pro with Touchscreen

Observe, but refrain from contact. Specifically, the screen.
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Are you anticipating Apple’s launch of a touch-enabled MacBook, possibly sparked by last year’s speculations about such a product?

Regrettably, it seems unlikely to occur, at least not in the near future. As per Tom Boger, Apple’s vice president of iPad and Mac product marketing, in conversation with Joanna Stern from the Wall Street Journal, there are no current plans to introduce a touch-sensitive Mac.

In reality, despite assertions made in marketing, Boger asserts that Apple does not view the iPad and MacBook as rivals. The iPad has always prioritized touch functionality, while the Mac emphasizes “indirect manipulation,” involving the use of a keyboard, mouse, or trackpad.

While this perspective may hold validity, many users ponder whether incorporating a touchscreen as a supplementary input method on the MacBook would be beneficial. After all, numerous Windows laptops come equipped with touchscreens, providing users with the option to utilize them at their discretion.

Nevertheless, Boger suggests that this scenario is improbable for the MacBook. He stated, “macOS follows a distinct computing paradigm,” emphasizing that the iPad essentially serves as a tool to complement your work on a Mac. Therefore, those seeking both functionalities would need to invest in both a MacBook and an iPad.

Yet, a glimmer of optimism emerges. When prompted by Stern regarding the possibility of Apple reconsidering the non-touch MacBooks, Boger hinted, “I can’t definitively say we will never alter our stance.”

Robert White

Robert is a dedicated tech journalist who thrives on uncovering the human stories behind technological advancements.

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