Will there be touch screen on the macbook air?

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  1. mrskullfreak macrumors 6502a

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    I was at the apple store asking a few questions about the mb air and the customer service guy said that apple is working on the mb air having a touch screen.
    Could this be true??
     
  2. mrskullfreak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Can the air do the same as the regular macbook?
    Except for dvd/cd drive.
    thx
     
  3. SRLMJ23 macrumors 65816

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    As the above poster said, maybe but I can almost guarantee it WON'T happen. MAYBE we'll see a touchscreen iMac, but who even know's if that will come through.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What does that have to with touchscreens?
     
  5. SRLMJ23 macrumors 65816

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    The Air can do anything any other Mac can do, just in a smaller, more portable way. I have an Air and wouldn't trade it for anything, and you can buy the SuperDrive for the Macbook Air so you can play CD's/DVD's.
     
  6. mrskullfreak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would like that for sure on my iMac.

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    I have been eye balling them. lol
    But the iPad 3 is a definite buy for me.

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    Just thought you would know how they compare.
     
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    Steve Jobs shot down the idea of a touchscreen Mac when Lion was announced. While it's possible that Tim Cook thinks otherwise, or that Apple will change course if Windows 8 notebooks with touchscreens take off, I think it is highly doubtful for the foreseeable future.
     
  9. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Chances that there will be a touchscreen: Low.
    Chances that the customer service guy knows: Zero.
    Chances that someone who knows would tell you: Zero.
     
  10. bdodds1985 macrumors 6502a

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    touchscreen = iPad. I am just warming up to the Air's let's not ruin it already.
     
  11. Boe11, Feb 1, 2012
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    This is one simple fellow. But that Lenovo Yoga does look pretty neat :).

    @OP No, probably not.
     
  12. jterp7 macrumors 6502a

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    looks promising IMO. The main challenge I see here is if windows 8 can properly handle the 2 different uses of the machine. Wasn't apple themselves moving toward bridging ios and osx?

    Either way competition is good guys.
     
  13. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

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    It's definitely interesting. That's about the only way I can see the macbook line getting touch screen functionality.

    I'll admit, I've always wanted like a 15" iPad, but I think I'm in the minority :)
     
  14. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    Oh come on, you know what he's saying. The old "iPad just a big iPhone" argument. It's inherently flawed, but don't act like you don't know what he's talking about...

    ZOINKS! Is this flame bait? Cause I'll nibble.

    The iPad is no more a "giant phone" than android tablets are giant phones. The run the same OS's as phones sure, but honestly which does an iPhone have more in common with, a computer or a telephone (remember those things with buttons and a cord? An iPhone is really a mini computer that makes phone calls. iOS is simply a new computer operating system along with OS X and windows. It was built with simplicity and ease of use in mind, that's why some may see it as "not as functional as a real PC"

    Slow?? Wow sir, yeah wait till windows 8 comes out on tablets and then come back and tell me all about how slow the iPad is... :rolleyes:
     
  15. bdodds1985 macrumors 6502a

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    obviously. apple is better off without you.

    so you don't use laptops? and apple has key commands for doing those things.

    I am having trouble believing this guys whole post... that really just happened?

    troll along the slums of a windows rumor forum or provide actual feedback instead of sharing with us how much you hate apple and are too lazy to use a track pad. I'll bet you use a mouse? cuz that is soooooo much easier.

    maybe look around the forum a bit and see not everyone here has a crappy attitude like you. Instead of trying to stir up things in trollville, people actually come here to give/receive advice.
     
  16. mrskullfreak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  17. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

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    I am completely against touch screen computers. Is it just me? It's a gimmick. The only way it could work would be if the screen moved closer to you, but it still seems pointless to me. Definitely pointless on a laptop.
    And just think of the horrible smudges on the screen.
     
  18. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    Define: Compete. They already compete... in fact they are winning. Apple sold more iPads than HP (the top selling pc maker) sold "real computers" last quarter! And the performance is right with them. I challenge you to find a $500 laptop that operates faster than the iPad 2. The speed is one of the main reasons I like my iPad, much faster than my old macbook.


    Ok... so you're too lazy to use a trackpad, but you don't think your arms will become tremendously tired from constantly picking up to touch the screen? Try this, hold both of your arms straight out in front of you for 1-2 minutes, then rest them on the keyboard. now, every time you want to interact with the screen lift up your arm to manipulate the screen. It won't be long before you'll notice how much strain it causes and how annoying it is. And I know you'll be too lazy to switch the laptops orientation every time you want to type and every time you want to touch the screen. You'll probably just wish there was a keyboard on the screen so you wouldn't have to switch back and forth...

    I really don't understand this, it's pretty blazingly fast. Especially for it's size. Maybe you tried opening some poorly written apps. The only wait time I've ever seen on my iPad 2 is when I have a poor internet connection or also on one particular slow app.
     
  19. imromo24 macrumors newbie

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    I totally agree it is fast for how small it is. Its just that it is common to say if the processor in a device isn't above 3.0 ghz and ram over 8G, its "slow". By compete I mean in that regard.

    Why would I have to switch orientation to type? Its touchscreen in all orientations.

    Windows 8 will include a small optional "thumbs" keyboard on the touchscreen so you can type with two hands without crossing over, like holding a video game controller.

    What I actually hate on laptops is having to go from keyboard to touchpad, then locate the arrow, move it and select, when very quickly I can go from typing to touchscreen and back much faster.

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    watch the Lenovo Yoga on youtube, looks pretty sweet and fast even as a prototype.

    The mac air SHOULD be the first with Ivy Bridge processors, that my new friend will be fast.
     
  20. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

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    But it certainly won't be above 3ghz. Doesn't that conflict with your philosophy?
     
  21. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

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    In any case, it is a toothless argument against the track pad. Anyone who has used it wouldn't say that it is a chore. The Apple track pad is intuitive to use, I feel I have complete control of all functions with just one hand, simple. I don't see the need for a touch screen.
     
  22. imromo24 macrumors newbie

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    True, I'm sure it will push high 2's, 2.6 to 2.8ghz, and with apple operating system I suspect it will function like an older low 3ghz computer, probably faster if done right in the os

    3.0 ghz Is just a rule of thumb, operating system, ssd, ram, graphics chips, wifi cards...all contribute to over all user experience of speed..
     
  23. illini71 macrumors member

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    After years of using touch screen i have come to absolutely dislike them for tablet sized screens. Just the thought of having to sit there and finger peck at a screen make me ill.

    Apple needs to make an invisible touchpad with all the gestures in the iPad as an option.

    IMO Apples touchpad is so good there is no need for a mouse let alone a touchscreen.
     
  24. tigres macrumors 68040

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    I slap the hands of anyone touching my MBA screen. I hate cleaning it.

    Not going to see a touchscreen MBA anytime soon-
     

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