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Apple Is Reportedly Bringing Touch Screens to Macs

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Apple is reportedly planning to add touchscreens to its MacBooks, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. It’s a seismic change in the Mac world, as Apple has long held that touchscreens in clamshell laptops don’t go together.

According to the report, the company has engineers “actively engaged” in working with touch, and that it is considering possibly releasing its first touchscreen Mac in 2025, in the form of a MacBook Pro refresh with an OLED screen.

At the moment, Gurman claims that Apple is planning for that MacBook Pro to keep its clamshell design with trackpad and keyboard, and that touch could come to more models down the line. Gurman’s sources say the screen would work with both touch input and gestures, similar to Apple’s tablets and phones.

OLED would also be a big move. Apple’s 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros use Mini LED technology, but haven’t moved to OLED, which can be found with touch on many Windows notebooks. Gurman claims OLED will also come to the iPad Pro in 2024. 

In theory, adding touch should be quite a bit of work, as macOS would also need to be retooled for larger touch targets. But some of the work is done: Apple already allows developers to put iPhone and iPad apps on Mac, so those should be great examples of how to develop other software (In fact, some of the apps feel awkward using a traditional touchpad, because of their touch-first design).

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