With the iPhone and iPad, you could argue that Apple is responsible for the current popularity of touchscreens. It seems odd that the company wouldn’t want to bring its touchscreen technology to Macs, but it turns out Apple has a perfectly logical reason to keep Mac computers touch-free.
In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal (transcribed by 9To5Mac), John Ternus, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, said, “We make the world’s best touch computer on an iPad. It’s totally optimized for that. And the Mac is totally optimized for indirect input. We haven’t really felt a reason to change that.”
Basically, the company is saying that if you want an Apple device with a touchscreen, they have one ready to go in the iPad.
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With that said, there does seem to be a market for computers with touchscreens, as both Windows and Chromebook devices are available with touchscreens, and they seem quite popular.
Personally, I owned an HP Spectre x360 laptop with a touchscreen, and I could count on one hand the number of times I actually put my fingers on the screen. With that in mind, I can’t say I disagree with Ternus on this one. Touchscreens are fantastic, but they don’t seem necessary on laptops and desktops when they already have an input method that works.