Apple’s latest documents indicate that a desirable addition is finally being considered for its MacBook laptops, which have been missing out on some commonly used features found in the Windows market.
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Looking back at the 15-inch MacBook Air released in June, it becomes apparent that Apple is late in offering a consumer MacBook with a screen larger than 13 inches, a feature long available in Windows laptops.
The Missing Touchscreen
One of the most noticeable areas where Apple lags behind is the absence of touchscreens on its macOS machines. While widely available in the Windows market, touchscreens are also an integral part of iOS and iPadOS. The lack of touchscreen functionality on MacBooks, despite the push for a unified platform, proves to be a significant self-inflicted roadblock.
Apple’s Touchscreen Initiative
Despite the loyal community’s belief that touchscreens are unnecessary on MacBooks, Apple seems to be working on implementing this feature. A new patent titled “Computing Device Enclosure Enclosing A Display And Force Sensor” reveals Apple’s plans to offer touchscreens with pressure sensitivity as an option for the primary screen on a MacBook. This also includes considering improvements to secondary screens like the Touch Bar.
Expectations and Waiting Game
While a published patent doesn’t guarantee a commercial release, it sheds light on Apple’s future plans and R&D considerations. With the technology and software in place, and the ecosystem being prepared, the expectation for a MacBook with a touchscreen is set.
But the question remains: How long will Apple make you wait for this much-desired feature?
Apple’s reluctance to adopt touchscreens in its MacBook lineup has been a point of frustration for many users. However, recent developments suggest that Apple is actively exploring the possibility of introducing touchscreens with pressure sensitivity in its future MacBook models. As the technology matures and the ecosystem aligns, users can expect a more versatile and intuitive MacBook experience in the not-too-distant future.