Touch screen PCs have never been big sellers. At best, they’re a tiny niche, useful for kiosks, tennis elbow, shoulder bursitis, and good for the pharmaceutical industry.
Why would anyone advocate for a Mac with a touchscreen? That’s a brain dead idea.
Look at Microsoft’s Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets. The former is a tablet with lite apps, but can use a keyboard like a notebook. The latter is a notebook with tablet-like characteristics– a touch screen.
The Surface is neither notebook nor tablet, despite characteristics of both, and sales are so anemic that Microsoft seems embarrassed to even discuss the Surface. But it has a touchscreen, so that makes it a modern device, right?
Patently Apple describes in great detail Apple’s new iPhone 5 integrated touch display technology and says it loudly screams, ‘coming to all Macs eventually.’
No it does not.
Despite the intricate differences between iPhone 5 and other touch screen devices, touch for a Mac is not a good idea. Why not? Tennis elbow. Shoulder bursitis. Medication.
Navigating an iPhone or iPad is easy with touch. All that’s required is a large enough button for the wrist to move a finger to touch and something happens, and motions are mostly downward, going with the force of gravity. A touch screen Mac requires much more physical effort.
Move shoulder, move arm, move wrist, lift up finger, touch screen, going against gravity. Repeat ad nauseam, or until inflammation medication is no longer effective to ward off the growing pain in the aforementioned shoulder and elbow.
Sorry, no touch screen for the Mac, no matter how good the technology may be, or how many tech pundits clamor for Apple to be innovative by copying Microsoft’s losing proposition.
Now, all that said, could Apple redefine the Mac by creating a hybrid of Mac OS X and iOS with a built-in keyboard and a touch screen.
That’s been done already by Microsoft and friends and doesn’t seem to be doing all that well in the marketplace. Besides, Apple may be creative, but they’re not a company run by fools (as opposed to Microsoft). The non-hybrid approach means Apple’s customers delight in owning an iPhone, an iPad, and a Mac or two. A hybrid device that combines functionality would reduce the number of devices we Apple loyalists would need to buy.
No touch screen Mac, please. Case closed.