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- In a new interview with Wired, Apple software chief Craig Federighi explained why he’s against the idea of Apple making a touchscreen MacBook.
- Federighi said he thinks using a touchscreen Mac would be “fatiguing” and called popular touchscreen laptops “experiments.”
- The closest Apple has come to a touchscreen MacBook is the Touch Bar it added to the MacBook Pro’s keyboard, which Apple sells as an upgrade and many have regarded as an inessential feature.
It’s highly unlikely we’ll be getting a touchscreen MacBook anytime in the near future.
In a new interview with Wired’s Lauren Goode, Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi explained why he’s against making a touchscreen iMac or MacBook.
“We really feel that the ergonomics of using a Mac are that your hands are rested on a surface, and that lifting your arm up to poke a screen is a pretty fatiguing thing to do,” Federighi said.
Simply put, Federighi said he’s “not into touchscreens” on PCs.
The closest Apple has come to a touchscreen laptop is the Touch Bar it added on the MacBook Pro, which replaces the traditional row of function keys on the keyboard with digital keys. But the Touch Bar has been widely regarded as an inessential feature that increases the price of the MacBook by an additional $300.
Federighi said he thinks touchscreen laptops on the market today – like the popular Microsoft Surface and the forward-thinking Lenovo Yoga Book – are “experiments,” and said “I don’t think we’ve looked at any of the other guys to date and said, how fast can we get there?”
The full interview with Federighi is worth a read, so head over to Wired for more.