Touch any MacBook screen

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It’s what you’ve always wanted. A 13-inch MacBook Air with a touchscreen. We’ve all done the same thing, reaching out to tap or swipe a MacBook before realizing it was, in fact, a MacBook and not a touchscreen Windows laptop. Put a MacBook Air in front of any kid under 10, and they’ll instinctively do the same thing.

Only, it’s not exactly a MacBook with a touchscreen. It’s actually a MacBook with a sold-separately add-on sensor bar that sits just below the display and connects via USB plug. We’ve played around with one of these devices — called the AirBar — late last year, but that version was for Windows PCs… More at c|net.

Great idea if the idea of a touchscreen Mac is a great idea. If that makes sense?



Categories: Apple

5 replies

  1. I never understood why Apple was so adamant about not providing touch screen MacBooks. If the screen is close to your hands, touchscreens make sense. On the other hand, I don’t think a touch screen on my iMac would do much for me. It’s too far away to be practical most of the time. And if I need a touchscreen as a graphics tablet, I can always use my iPad and AstroPad.

    • It makes logical sense, but ever used a touchscreen laptop or PC? I had one and never, ever touched the screen after the first day. Bit like 3D Touch in that regard.

      • I admit to having no experience with a touch screen laptop. And I can see where I might not use the touch screen if I was using a mouse, but I think I’d rather touch the screen than navigate with a trackpad. All conjecture of course.

  2. Yes, I see the trackpad point and maybe on a laptop. On a desktop, however, it feels incredibly unnatural.

    • For day to day stuff, I agree. However, the types of things you’d use a Surface Studio for make perfect sense. Basically that combines a graphics tablet with a desktop so you get both in one device. I’m not suggesting that you’d select text with your finger while word processing, but on the other hand, using a stylus to mark off a section of a photo is certainly more natural than using a mouse. That assumes that you can use the surface of the screen as if it was a workbench. Speaking of which, have you seen the new Dell Canvas?
      https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/05/dell-canvas-monitors/ All of this is about options, depending on what you’re doing.

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