Apple will make it easier to developers to port iPhone and iPad apps to the Mac, but that doesn’t mean a touchscreen Mac is coming out.
Craig Federighi, talking to Wired, said he’s “not into touchscreens” on PCs, and then went on:
We really feel that the ergonomics of using a Mac are that your hands are rested on a surface, and that lifting your arm up to poke a screen is a pretty fatiguing thing to do. I don’t think we’ve looked at any of the other guys to date and said, how fast can we get there?
This makes sense to me. I’ve tried several Windows computers that featured a touchscreen, and I’ll admit that it was occasionally nice to have—especially while scrolling. But there were also small annoyances. Most UI elements are too small to accurately touch while in desktop mode, and switching to tablet mode is never quite as fluid as it should be. And even the need for two separate “modes” is pretty confusing.
It’s a compromise. A compromise that adds some cool features, sure, but one that drains the battery, makes the screen thicker, and leaves the user experience kid of messy. In other words, exactly the kind of compromise Apple doesn’t like to make.
Apple could change course on this—it wouldn’t be the first time they said something isn’t happening multiple times only for it to happen. But I don’t think we’ll see a touchscreen Mac anytime soon (unless you count the Touch Bar, which you really shouldn’t.)