Even Windows notebooks have touch screens. Apple is falling behind and failing to innovate the Mac, right? Apple is playing catchup and needs a touch screen on the Mac, otherwise, well, you know, doomed. It won’t happen.
Trackpad Is Better Than Touch Screen
Wil’s company gave him an ASUS touch screen notebook running Windows whatever. For exactly two minutes the touch screen notebook is intriguing.
Intriguing? Yes. After flipping back and forth on the ASUS screen it’s easy to think that Apple is behind the times and needs a touch screen Mac.
Actually, what Apple has as a touch solution is better than any Windows touch screen device and it’s already built-in to your MacBook. It’s the trackpad.
Walk into any computer store with the latest Microsoft Windows gadgets, and check out a notebook with a touch screen. All you’ll need is two or three minutes to come to the same conclusion.
Touch screens are perfect for handheld devices, but not so good for laptops, notebooks, and certainly not desktops. Why not? It’s physics. On an iPhone or iPad, your hand and fingers are already near the screen, so touching an app icon or flipping between pages, or pinching or stretching an image is natural.
Some of the same functions are brought to those new Windows PC notebooks, but after just a few minutes you’ll be tired of lifting your arm and hand and trying to aim at icons to touch. Pinching and stretching?
Who needs a Total Gym when you have a Windows Surface notebook to add muscle and bulk to your forearm and biceps and shoulder? Of course, it’s only one arm.
No, a touch screen Mac makes no sense because Apple’s multi-touch trackpad is actually better and easier to use. OS X is easily controlled using simple gestures that are learned in minutes if not known already. Swiping from one screen to another, or scrolling up and down is just easier with your hand resting downward instead of the entire arm lifted upwards.
Unlike the touch screen, the Mac’s trackpad is configurable to your needs. Tell me which is easier. Dropping a finger to the trackpad, or lifting the whole arm to touch something on the screen.
Remember when tech analysts said Apple needed a Mac netbook to survive? Many today think Apple needs a Mac with a touch screen to compete with all the new Windows Surface models on the market today. Nope. A touch screen PC might have a place, but it’s a solution to a problem Apple solved with the trackpad years ago.