Apple Tries To Explain Why Macs Still Don’t Feature Touchscreens

Following the release of the iPad Pro and its superfast M4 chip, many are looking at iPadOS and wondering how long it will be before iPads finally run macOS. or, to go the other way, when will the Mac finally feature a touchscreen?

If you listen to Apple, there just isn’t the need for touch to come to the Mac.

The question was put to Apple marketing executive Tom Boger by The Wall Street Journal and the familiar explanation was provided — Macs just aren’t touch-based devices.

“We don’t see them as competing devices. We see them as complementary devices,” Tom Boger, Apple’s vice president of iPad and Mac product marketing, told me in an interview. The iPad, he said, “has always been a touch-first device” while the Mac is for “indirect manipulation”—aka using a keyboard, mouse and/or trackpad.

The suggestion appears to be that Apple believes people should own both a Mac and an iPad and stop trying to use them both for the same thing. He also said that he believes features like Continuity make switching from one device to another easier than ever, and for that reason, there is no need for buyers to choose one over the other.

However, Apple has been known to change its mind in the past so there is always a chance a touch-based Mac is on the way already. And with rumors of a foldable hybrid device with a 20-inch display being in development, it’ll be interesting to see what software Apple chooses to power it.

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