Apple updates stance on touchscreen MacBook Pro in 2016

By Peter Chubb - Oct 28, 2016

Ok, so we already know one of the main features of the new MacBook Pro before it was officially released, but as for the other features, that was all guesswork. However, we had hoped to see a touchscreen listed as one of the other 2016 MacBook Pro specs, but that was not to be – although we cannot say we were that surprised.

Apple did offer us an update in regards to a touchscreen MacBook Pro, although it was to update their stance on the fact that it’s pretty much not going to happen.

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There have been rumours for years regarding touchscreen support for Apple’s high-end laptop, and we had assumed they would have given into pressure by nowalthough we should know by experience that Apple does not usually follow the form.

Speaking to CNET recently, Phil Schiller said that Apple had explored the possibility of touchscreen on its Mac devices, but said that it would pretty much turn MacOS into an iOS device, and for that reason just would not work, as they like to keep the two platforms separate.

Schiller says that each one is good at what they do, and so adding touchscreen to the MacBook Pro or iMac come to that would compromise things. He also believes that having to lean forward all the time in order to use your iMac just would not make sense.

Even though this does sound like Apple has pretty much put the rumours to rest and that there will never be touchscreen support for macOS devices, it’s hard to say that it will never happen – it’s just not going to be anytime soon.

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