Gurman claimed in a recent post that Apple could release its first touchscreen Mac as early as 2025. Gurman claimed that the capability would be included in MacBooks with the Pro configuration.
Gurman further stated that these rumored MacBook Pros would receive improvements in addition to the touchscreen, such as OLED screens in place of the Mini LED displays currently featured in the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros, which were introduced in October 2021. Keep in mind that this is just a report, so take it with a grain of salt.
When Apple unveiled the Touch Bar in 2016, it came the closest to releasing a MacBook with a touchscreen. Additionally, according to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, the company previously produced prototype touch-screen Macs but never sold them as finished goods.
Apple, which has previously shunned the idea of making touchscreen Macs, would make an interesting U-turn if it were to introduce a computer with a touch screen. A touchscreen on a device like a laptop is “ergonomically horrible,” according to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said the Microsoft Surface hybrid tablet was “a really flawed, confused product” in 2012 when asked by analysts to comment on its introduction.
A Mac with a touch screen would occupy an intriguing space within Apple’s ecosystem and on the market. Apple has been gradually transforming the iPad into a “laptop lite” device, even though touch displays on computers running the Windows OS are nothing new.
The iPad Air and iPad Pro models are equipped with Apple’s ARM-based M1 (and M2, with the most recent iPad Pro models) system on a chip, in addition to a variety of keyboard add-ons such as the Logitech Combo Touch and the Magic Keyboard.