Apple reveals why your Mac doesn’t have a touch screen

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With the iPhone and iPad, you could say Apple is responsible for the current popularity of touch screens. It seems odd that the company wouldn’t want to bring touchscreen technology to Macs, but it turns out that Apple has a perfectly logical reason to keep Macs touch-free.

In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal (Written by 9 to 5 Mac), said John Ternus, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, “We make the world’s best touchscreen computer on the iPad. It’s completely optimized for that. And the Mac is completely optimized for indirect input. We didn’t really feel any reason to change that.”

The company basically says that if you want an Apple device with a touch screen, they have an iPad ready to go.

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With that said, there seems to be a market for touch screen PCs, with both Windows and Chromebooks available with touch screens, and they seem to be very popular.

I personally own an HP Specter x360 laptop with a touchscreen display, and can count on one hand for the number of times I actually put my fingers on the screen. With that in mind, I can’t say I disagree with Ternus on this. Touch screens are great, but they don’t seem necessary on laptops and desktops when they already have an input method that works.

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