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A touchscreen Apple iMac? Absurd! says Phil Schiller

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Apple’s chief product-pusher Phil Schiller has ruled out the possibility of touchscreen MacBooks and dismissed the idea of a multi-touch iMac as absurd.

Speaking to Backchannel, Apple’s VP of Marketing said adding touch to the laptop range would put it out of sync with the desktop iMacs.

He said: “We think of the whole platform If we were to do Multi-Touch on the screen of the notebook, that wouldn’t be enough — then the desktop wouldn’t work that way.”

Can you imagine a 27-inch iMac where you have to reach over the air to try to touch and do things? That becomes absurd.”

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Schiller says, Apple’s conclusion is not based on some gut feeling, but on years of testing to ensure those suspicions were correct.

He added: "Our instincts were that it didn't [work], but, what the heck, we could be wrong—so our teams worked on that for a number of times over the years.

“We’ve absolutely come away with the belief that it isn't the right thing to do. Our instincts were correct.”

The result is this supposed middle ground, the Touch Bar we see on the new MacBook Pro laptops. Schiller says the whole idea was to enable a better Mac experience using what it had learned from iOS.

Cupertino’s top salesman said: “The thought and vision from the very beginning was not at all, ‘How do we put iOS in the Mac?’ It was entirely, ‘How to you use the [iOS] technology to make a better Mac experience?’”

He also weighed in on the controversy surrounding the shedding of ports, meaning legacy users now have to purchase an array of dongles to continue using expensive accessories.

In very Apple-like fashion, he said: “We’re absolutely more sure than ever that we’ve done the right thing,” assuring that most users won’t need them.

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P G

November 14, 2016, 11:57 pm

"We think of the whole platform" apparently means, touch bar is coming to iMacs!

LeeTronix

November 15, 2016, 7:29 am

Works on the Surface Studio oh and the Surface Pro oh and the Surface Pro Book oh and did I mention the Surface Studio...

I really feel this is very much as usual "the apple way or the highway" and highway it is. They just do not like the fact of having to stop being arrogant and humble especially to fall in line with what the people want. Others can but the again that would be beneath apple. They just do not get it. They have an opportunity to innovate and deliver what people want not what they think people should have hence their problem. People wanted the iPhone and the iPad and it made them hundreds of billions...so they milk it and milk it and turn the backs on providing the same on the rest of their product line. As we see the two core products starting to dwindle will the arrogance of apple change or will it be another 90s suicide without a parachute this time (that means second chance!).

Ive harps on about design this and that, thinner lighter and....sounds okay I just want innovative and useful and current.

AND if everything is so much lighter and thinner then that equals to less materials so shouldn't that make it LESS EXPENSIVE? Apple eh...always a price to pay with rotten fruit....

LeeTronix

November 15, 2016, 7:30 am

Yes on the keyboard! Not exactly thrilling...

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