Apple is working on adding touchscreen to its Macs, and a new touchscreen OLED MacBook Pro could debut in 2025, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports. The switch to touchscreen for Macs represents a major reversal in the belief the company has held for a long time.
In 2010, Steve Jobs emphatically opposed the idea of having touchscreen Macs, calling it an “ergonomically terrible” idea. “Touch surfaces don’t want to be vertical,” Jobs said. “After an extended period of time, your arm wants to fall off.” In 2021, the hardware engineering chief at John Ternus said the Mac was “totally optimized for indirect input” and that Apple didn’t see a reason to make a change.
According to Gurman, engineers at Apple are “actively engaged in the project,” indicating that the company is “seriously considering” producing touchscreen Macs. The first Mac to get a touchscreen could be the MacBook Pro, which will still have the “traditional laptop design” with a trackpad and keyboard. Like the iPhone and the iPad, the MacBook Pro would now support touch input and gestures.
If Apple proceeds with the touchscreen Macs, the OLED technology could come to other products. According to Bloomberg’s report – “as part of the MacBook Pro revamp, Apple is also planning to move its displays to organic light-emitting diode, or OLED technology. The company currently uses LCDs — liquid crystal displays — on its Macs, but iPhones and Apple Watches already rely on OLED. Those screens offer improved brightness and colour and will also come to the iPad Pro in the first half of 2024.”
The report says that the touchscreen Macs would still run on the macOS, and Apple isn’t working to combine the iPadOS and macOS.