Apple management has long resisted the idea of equipping a laptop with a touch interface, because that was argued back in 2010 by company founder Steve Jobs (Steve Jobs). “Touch surfaces don’t have to be vertical”. Working with them was an ergonomic nightmare, according to an Apple executive, but now people in the know say the company is developing a MacBook Pro laptop that will get not only a touch interface, but also an OLED display.
Jobs’ successor Tim Cook, as mentioned earlier BloombergHe also initially had no understanding for the idea of equipping laptops with a touch surface. When Microsoft began adding laptops and tablets to its Surface family of devices in 2012, Cook likened it to trying to pair a toaster with a fridge. At the same time, iPad Pro tablets from the Cupertino company quickly acquired a plug-in keyboard unit, and in recent years applications for iPhone and iPad have been able to run on Mac computers.
In the latter case, the lack of a full-fledged touch interface limited the functionality of such applications and affected the ergonomics of working with them, but in 2016 Apple introduced the Touch Bar on its MacBook Pro laptops as an alternative that embedded the touch bar in the area , in which the function keys of the keyboard are located. It confused and bewildered the users to a greater extent and failed to find support from the application developers, so this feature was phased out in 2021.
Notably, when asked about the possibility of Mac computers with touch displays last October, Craig Federighi, Apple’s head of software development, gave a mixed response. According to the well-known Bloomberg columnist Mark Gurman (Mark Gurman), the company now expects to present the first MacBook Pro with a touch surface in 2025, if again in the preparation of the announcement it is not disappointed by this idea. The laptop will also get an OLED display, which will appear in the iPad Pro tablet family in 2024. The MacBook Pro’s touch interface will support gestures, but in terms of software platform, there won’t be a merger of macOS and iPadOS – at least until 2025 for sure.