Microsoft’s Surface PC business has grown faster than the rest of the PC industry– faster than the Mac– and one reason is they all have a touchscreen. Why doesn’t the Mac have a touchscreen? One day it will.
Dream, Meet Reality
Steve Jobs introduction of the original iPhone back in 2007 put the nattering nabobs of negativism in position to get a digital wedgie. iPhone was and remains a huge product and changed the course of the entire smartphone industry. How so? Giant screen. Easy-to-navigate buttons. Digital keyboard. Apps.
Apple may be set to move the entire PC industry forward. Again. This time the Mac could end up with a touchscreen and a foldable digital keyboard instead of physical keys. Take a look at this keyboard from Luna Display:
With tens of billions a year in R&D expenditures, surely Apple is looking at a touchscreen Mac, but in this case it’s a foldable Mac display, and instead of a physical keyboard, just like iPhone and iPad, the keyboard is onscreen.
The concept above is more a folding Mac than anything else; double the screen real estate, of course, but if it’s also a touchscreen display, then a digital keyboard could be used, too. Add some haptic feedback for a physical presence and users may never know the difference between a digital Mac keyboard and the butterfly keyboards made so famous by breaking so frequently and publicly.
It could happen.
I know what you’re thinking. A foldable Mac with dual displays? A digital keyboard instead of physical keys? Meh. That will never happen. Yet, smartphone industry critics decried the iPhone’s onscreen keyboard, predicted Apple’s imminent demise– yet what do all smartphones look like today?
Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Fold smartphone, the Mac has a few decades of foldability experience, so all that would be necessary to bring the dream above to real life would be touchscreens– and those exist in abundance today– and a digital keyboard with haptics to match real world typing conditions.
This idea may not be so farfetched. Is Apple working on a foldable Mac notebook with an onscreen keyboard?
Will it make it market?
Probably the same year as a blood glucose sensor shows up in Apple Watch.