Apple’s Software Chief Explains Why the Company Isn’t Interested in Making a Touchscreen MacBook


On the subject of a touchscreen-enabled MacBook, Apple does not seem to be thrilled with the idea that you can interact with the notebook via its display. This was exactly the reason why the company introduced the Touch Bar on its 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. This time, Craig Federighi, sits with Wired for an interview explaining why Apple is not entertaining the idea of a touchscreen MacBook.

Federighi Is Simply Not Into Touchscreen MacBooks and Brands Touchscreen Enabled Products Like the Surface Pro as “Experiments”

Federighi believes that the way the MacBook has been made for users is such that the only tools you need to interact with the machine are the keyboard and trackpad while resting your hands on the notebook’s surface. He also states that removing your arms from that ergonomic position just to poke the screen is regarded as a tiring thing to do.

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“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.”

However, most reviewers and critics have labeled the Touch Bar as an inessential feature, which not only removes the function keys row but increases the cost of the MacBook Pro as well. Federighi’s lack of interest towards touchscreens is also the reason why you do not see it on the iMac Pro. The iMac Pro is a machine that is geared towards content creators and professionals alike. Apple also bundles peripherals that allow users to interact with the workstation-grade machine for content creation purposes.

Additionally, he’s described devices like the Microsoft Surface lineup as nothing more than “experiments”, which once again reveals his displeasure towards machines that come with this feature.

“I don't think we've looked at any of the other guys to date and said, how fast can we get there?”

Would you prefer to see a touchscreen on future MacBooks or not? Tell us down in the comments.

News Source: Wired