A Bit More On the Plans for MacBooks With Touch Panels: Why We Find This Idea Worth Trying
In one of our previous articles we weighed the benefits and possible disadvantages of equipping the MacBooks with sensor displays currently planned by Apple and concluded that on balance, despite all the reservations and potential pitfalls, this concept looks rather promising. Some of you, however, found the aforesaid reservations so convincing that we got quite a few questions about what makes us so optimistic about the touchscreen-equipped Macs. And we are nothing if not diligent when it comes to answering the queries of our loyal audience. So here is a bit more of our views on the subject.
Let us start from the ergonomic angle. Yes, we did point out that handling two input modes at once may prove more difficult than concentrating on the more familiar (for Macs) physical keyboard and mouse. But, judging by other makes of notebooks and laptops – among which the multi-touch screens have already become a commonplace – this is not such an intractable obstacle as it may look. If Dell, HP or Microsoft can do this, do you really believe Apple will fail to hone their own touchscreen monitors to the same manageability level and won’t be able to reach the same quality of balance between the input devices? The very same Apple whose touch panels are famous for their stunning sensitivity? Whose forte is, among other things, the super fine level of graphics? And it gets higher and higher, mind you: just look at the GPU specs of the latest MacBook models we reviewed in one of our previous articles.
And yes, we stand by our words that sensor screens are not as easy to operate when upright as horizontally. But who said that touch display-equipped Macs won’t allow for the flatdown position of their monitors? Granted, the company did point out that with this model they are going for the standard form of laptop design. Yet still, there are such a lot of so-called “transformer” laptops and notebooks around (namely, the ones with the 180-degree screen hinges or even removable keypads) that this kind of design can be justifiably considered a new standard by now. Much as we’d hate to appear relics of the bygone era, but we do remember the times when the wireless function was believed to be a sort of weird extravagance – and now it’s pretty much a necessity for any self-respecting gadget owner. And flexibly posable laptop displays may well soon become “the new black”, too. Which means, you won’t necessarily have to struggle with inconveniently vertical sensor displays once the touchscreen Macs go on sale.
Plus, we refuse to underestimate you, our beloved audience – and you shouldn’t sell yourselves short either. You proved time and time again already that you are not nearly so single-minded as to be unable to switch between several approaches in the process of using your gizmos. As if you won’t manage to see when it’s simpler to press a button and when tapping the screen is in order. Yeah, right. No, for all intents and purposes, an additional way of input offered by your laptop will more likely untie your hands than cause you any strain. As we already mentioned in the aforesaid article, judging by how quickly and successfully the new generation of users mastered texting on smartphones (let alone tablets), this is the last issue you should worry about.
And finally, to save the best for last: how about the fact that we already have a prototype for an Apple touch panel portable computer on the market? Seriously, the iPad Pro line, boasting the highest-end M1 processors and coming complete with very solid keyboards are basically exactly that. Yes, these keyboards connect to the main device wirelessly (via Bluetooth, to wit), but so what? The same goes for all but the most of the current notebook’s mice already. And we don’t hear lots of complaints (if any at all) from the proud owners of such iPads about this addition making their tablets all that harder to use. Quite the opposite, in fact: this model is proving very popular, even despite its hefty price.
So hopefully, this clarifies why we rather look forward to this MacBook novelty… and really wouldn’t want Apple to scrap this particular plan. This sort of potential really should not be allowed to go waste.
- Apple Is Working on Adding Touch Screens to Macs in Major Turnabout – Bloomberg
- Sell your old Apple MacBook online – iGotOffer
- Everything About Apple’s Products – The complete guide to all Apple consumer electronic products, including technical specifications, identifiers and other valuable information.
BIG NEWS! – TOUCH SCREEN MacBook Pro’s are COMING!! [Video]
Video uploaded by Matt Talks Tech on January 13, 2023