Unlike many laptop makers, Apple has long avoided touchscreens on traditional laptops, though that could be changing. According to people familiar with the matter, Apple engineers are participating in the project. This move is believed to be that Apple is indeed seriously considering launching a touch-screen version of the Mac product as part of a plan to expand the product line.
It is understood that Apple
will release the first Mac product with a touch screen in 2025, which may be a MacBook Pro with an OLED screen. According to Apple’s plan, the OLED MacBook Pro with a touch screen will still maintain the traditional laptop shape, providing a standard trackpad and keyboard. However, the screen will support touch input and touch gestures, similar to the iPhone and iPad, and it is possible that the same functionality will be added to more Mac models in the future. Introducing a touch screen is not just a matter of hardware. Apple still has a lot of work to do. For example, macOS needs to be optimized for the operation of the touch screen, and developers need to understand how to better use the touch function in the software to improve the experience.
It is also a big move for Apple to use OLED screens on the MacBook Pro, but it is likely to put OLED screens on the iPad Pro products launched in 2024 first. Apple’s current 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros use mini LED technology and have yet to switch to OLED, in contrast to the touch-enabled OLED screens now found in many Windows laptops.