Could Apple make one of the biggest turnarounds in computing history and actually release a Mac with a touchscreen display? Mark Gurman thinks so.
According to a new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple is actively working on a new generation of the MacBook Pro that includes a touchscreen display. Gurman says that "Apple engineers are actively engaged in the project, indicating that the company is seriously considering producing touch-screen Macs for the first time, according to people familiar with the efforts. Still, a launch hasn’t been finalized and the plans could change."
The idea of a touchscreen Mac is hardly new; there have been rumors and patents suggesting Apple has explored the possibility for years. But today's report implies the company is taking the idea seriously at last.
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So, if Apple is actually going to create a touchscreen Mac, which one will get it first and when will it launch? Gurman has some ideas about that, too.
According to the reporter, "the company could launch its first touch-screen Mac in 2025 as part of a larger update to the MacBook Pro, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private."
The report does note that, according to Gurman's sources, Apple is not looking to combine macOS and iPadOS for a touchscreen Mac. If it does come to fruition, the company plans to use macOS and adopt it in some way to make it friendly for the touchscreen.
People have clamored for a touchscreen Mac for years, with the same level of desire that iPad Pro users want to see iPadOS versions of the Mac's professional applications, like Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro.
It sounds like at least one of those things is closer to reality than ever before.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.