is the thread.
My own comment from said thread:
If Apple thought touchscreen laptops were the future, don't you think they would have released them already by now?
If there's one company who mastered touch input before anyone else (and still do today), it's Apple. There's no reason they would have waited this long like "Oh it's just that nobody at Apple had the idea to implement touch in laptops when we saw the iPhone getting successful".
Of course they considered it. And that's exactly why we don't
have touchscreen Macs today. They were inspired by it for gestures but instead chose to put them where they truly make you productive: on your trackpad.
Say what you want about Apple's marketing terms (Retina, revolutionary, magical) but I truly think they are one of the only tech manufacturers who actually make sure a certain tech is truly useful before forcing a gimmick that only looks good in marketing.
Windows laptop OEMs rather bring a new
input method than a good
input method. They've never really cared about making a good trackpad, giving good gesture support, and now they don't care about any detail either when trying to make a touch display. They don't want to give a good
touch experience, they just want to give a touch experience period.
Why? Because that's the new trend. Because that's what makes a laptop seem modern. Because every other manufacturer does it so it must be the good thing to do right? Because Microsoft said touchscreen laptops were the future. Nevermind that Microsoft has proven several times in the past years that they have no clue where the future is headed, or that they basically just throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks pretty much every time resulting in 1 OS release out of 2 that gets significant criticism (and the one after responding to said criticism).
Apple is not one of those hardware manufacturers with no experience in UI/UX that blindly jump into Microsoft's bandwagon. They are confident they actually know more
than Microsoft when it comes to UX, and they can do their own research and prototypes and conclude by themselves what is useful and what is not.
Trust me that they have determined this was not a while ago (a decade ago perhaps
), long before Microsoft and their hardware OEMs even knew they would jump into their touchscreen laptop trend in 2013.
Edit: And for those who claim consumers demand
touchscreen laptops, source? All I see are disappointingly low sales figures (<10%) for touchscreen laptops (even when considering only Windows 8 laptops, which are supposed to be touch-optimized) mainly because touch-enabled laptops are a bit pricier than their non-touch counterpart, proving consumers are not
willing to pay more for touch input. As time goes by, touchscreens will become cheaper and come with any cheap laptop whether you want it or not, skewing any stats that are supposed to prove demand for this tech (reminds you of something