What does the future hold? Change. We believe sincerely that the future is about change, and how well we adapt to the future is dependent upon how well we adapt to change. Foldable notebooks? We’re talking last century, right?
Foldable notebooks with a foldable display that doubles as the device’s keyboard? That’s change. That’s the future. As usual, Apple is not the first to jump on a new techno-bandwagon. In this case, it’s Lenovo’s new and next generation foldable notebook.
Rest assured that Apple has been working on similar technology for a few years; a Mac that folds like a traditional Mac notebook, but instead of a standard keyboard from the last century, this one is all display; including a touchscreen keyboard.
Lenovo promises to unfold one next year. It won’t be a Mac. Instead, it will be a Lenovo Windows-based PC notebook. Think tablet that folds in half. Mark Spoonauer tried one:
Lenovo’s new foldable is designed to be a primary PC that can replace your laptop. It features a 13.3-inch OLED screen with 2K resolution. When folded in half, you get two 9.6-inch displays.
Smaller footprint, larger display area. The caveat here is that Windows does not come with a built-in keyboard that occupies the lower half of the display– the way we at Mac360 envision Apple’s future touchscreen Mac. Lenovo thinks we’ll add a Bluetooth keyboard or USB mechanical keyboard instead.
Lenovo’s foldable PC can be used in various modes, whether you want to use it as a book, tablet with pen, video player or laptop in clamshell mode. You can also set up the stand and use the foldable PC in desktop mode with an external mechanical keyboard.
So, what’s missing is, well, the future. Who wants to carry around a big, thick PC that doubles as a tablet and then doubles the tablet size? And you’ll need to carry a physical keyboard to type.
What we envision that Apple is working on is a haptic touch digital keyboard that provides user feedback to the onscreen display; that would make it work better than the onscreen keyboard for iPad or iPhone, but obviously different than the Mac’s standard keyboard.
One of the coolest things about seeing this next-generation ThinkPad X1 in person is that there’s almost no visible crease in the center of the screen, so there’s nothing to distract you from your work or immersive content.
I’m sure Samsung is working on such a device, too– and with an improved folding display that doesn’t crack under the strain.
The future is about change. I’m convinced we’ll see Apple design its own Mac CPUs before we get a touchscreen Mac with a touchscreen keyboard, but rest assured they are coming. It’s change. It’s the future.