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  • Kyle Chua

Apple Could Launch a Touchscreen MacBook Pro in 2025

Apple might soon break a longstanding rule it has with its MacBook laptops.

Credit: Apple

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the Cupertino tech giant is supposedly developing a MacBook Pro with touchscreen functionality, which could launch in 2025. The device would still run macOS and include a trackpad and keyboard, but it would incorporate display taps and touch gestures, similar to Windows-based hybrid laptops.


The report adds that Apple could expand touch functionalities to other Mac models down the line. As of right now, however, it doesn't plan to merge macOS and iPadOS.


When iPads started shipping with Apple silicon, there were speculations that the two software were being combined as the lines between the company's tablets and laptops blurred more and more with each new iteration. But that probably won't be the case anytime soon. Apple certainly doesn't want the iPad to cannibalise the sales of the MacBook and vice versa. That's why it has resisted bringing touchscreens to the Mac for so long. So if the report is to be believed, the launch of this MacBook model marks a big departure for Apple.

Credit: Apple

Apple's previous attempt at bringing some form of touch functionality to MacBooks came via the Touch Bar in 2016. The thin OLED strip allowed users to access system shortcuts, spelling suggestions and emojis, among other functions, by using familiar gestures such as tap, swipe and slide. The feature didn't take off as the public reaction for it was mixed and software developers largely ignored it. So Apple decided to scrap it from the new design of the 2021 MacBook Pro.


Design-wise though, the in-development MacBook Pro likely wouldn't look much different from the ones already out today. It'll also sport an OLED panel, with Apple rumoured to be debuting the new display technology on MacBook Pro as part of an overhaul of the line. Existing MacBooks sport LCD panels.

 
  • Apple is reportedly developing a MacBook Pro with touchscreen functionality, which could launch in 2025.

  • The device would still run macOS, but would incorporate display taps and touch gestures.

  • The Cupertino giant could also expand touch functionalities to other Mac models down the line, but has no plans to merge macOS and iPadOS.

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