“I never wanted a touch screen on my notebook,” Tom Mainelli writes for Tech.pinions. “In fact in 2012, when Intel and Microsoft convinced PC manufacturers (who were staring down the existential threat of cheap Android tablets) to add touch (and substantial cost) to their Windows 8 notebooks, I thought it was a bad idea. And it was.”

“But over the course of the next four years, the industry quietly worked out the kinks,” Mainelli writes. “Now, in 2016, I look down and realize three of the four notebooks I use regularly have touch. And somewhere along the line, I started using it. Furthermore, unless I’m docked at my desk using a monitor, I use touch all the time, primarily when scrolling through Web pages or documents. When I use that one non-touch notebook — a Macbook Air — I’m constantly reminded the feature is missing.”

“The rumor mill is pointing to an imminent refresh, at least of the Macbook Pro. However, while it looks like the new notebook will have a touch-enabled, programmable bar above the keyboard, there’s no indication Apple is any closer to adding an actual touch screen to the Mac,” Mainelli writes. “I happen to think for many long-time Mac-only users, the lack of touch isn’t an issue because non-touch Macs are all they’ve ever used. But for those of us who move between Windows and the Mac, the omission is becoming glaring. It seems obvious that, at some point, the next-generation of potential Mac users—raised exclusively on touch screens — will find the lack of touch on the Mac unacceptable.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ve been over this. Last decade.

To us longtime Apple watchers, Cupertino seems to be saying, “Multi-Touch on the screen only when trackpads are not part of the device.”MacDailyNews, November 19, 2008

Does it make more sense to be smearing your fingers around on your notebook’s screen or on a spacious trackpad that’s designed specifically and solely to be touched? Apple thinks things through more than other companies… The iPhone’s screen has to be touched; that’s all it has available. A MacBook’s screen does not have to be touched in order to offer Multi-Touch™. There is a better way: Apple’s way.MacDailyNews, March 26, 2009

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