If a new report is to be believed, Apple is working on incorporating touch feedback on the screens of its Macbook Pro laptops. These are, of course, predicted to still feature the standard trackpad and keyboard input, with the touchscreen enabling an additional mode of interaction.
This method is very much in line with a lot of Windows and ChromeOS laptops available in the market right now. In fact, touchscreen feedback has become so common that most of them only have a small blurb on their official pages to inform buyers about its presence.
This report about Apple considering touchscreen input for its future Macbook laptops comes via a Bloomberg report, which states that such machines could arrive in 2025 and will be designed to work with display taps and gestures.
At a time when the gap between the iPad and the Macbook is fast blurring, this would create a new kind of conundrum for Apple though. It’s a problem it hopes to apparently solve by combining macOS and iPadOS, according to the report.
There is also a mention of Apple ditching LCD monitors for these touchscreen Macbook Pros. With iPhones and Apple Watch devices both having adopted OLED panels, it doesn’t come as a surprise.
It’s not like Apple hasn’t experimented with touch panels before. MacBooks from 2016 introduced us to the Touch Bar, a strip above the keyboard that included stuff like application shortcuts, spelling and emoji suggestions, and other touch-friendly inputs.
However, a poor response from developers saw Apple ditch the Touch Bar on its 2021 MacBooks. In the past, Apple has repeatedly rejected the idea of a touchscreen Mac device but as we’ve seen with the other developments from the company, things are not at all written in stone.