A MacBook Pro touchscreen? As surprising as it sounds, it could happen.
After years of keeping touchscreens to mobile devices like iPhones and iPads, Apple might have a touch-enabled MacBook Pro out in the next few years to bring the macOS and iOS ecosystems even closer together.
This information comes from Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman’s latest newsletter, renowned for making accurate predictions about future Apple announcements. According to his latest reporting, A MacBook Pro with a touch-enabled display is reportedly on track for a 2025 release, followed by touchscreens across other Mac devices.
Gurman explains the potential reasoning behind the surprise move as driven by wanting to capture future users who are more familiar with touch inputs. Additionally, touchscreen MacBooks would better support cross-device compatibility of iPhone and iPad apps.
Apple Arcade immediately comes to mind as one of the company’s subscription services that would clearly benefit. Each game on the platform supports cross-device play, but many are best experienced with touch controls. Otherwise, you lose an engaging element of tactility.
Also included in Gurman’s reporting is the fact that most other major manufacturers sell 2-in-1 laptop devices with touch functionality. Even if one person doesn’t care about the feature, another one might, potentially leading to a missed sale.
A MacBook Pro touchscreen, what’s next?
Another major scoop from the Bloomberg tech expert included the expected release of Apple’s MicroLED display technology in 2024. Up to this point, Apple sourced screens from other companies, but much of the company’s focus in recent years has been increasing its internal production capacity. It’s expected that the 2024 iteration of the Apple Watch Ultra will be the first to sport the in-house MicroLED technology, followed by other devices in the future.
Apple isn’t stopping at screens, either. It’s planning to use its own cellular modem, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip, instead of relying on Qualcomm and Broadcom to supply the tech. While this won’t change much at a user level, it’s interesting because it further shows Apple’s intent to have full control of what goes into its devices.
Check out Gurman’s newsletter for the full details: there are also intriguing developments on the personnel front aside from the speculation on future hardware.