MacBook Pros need Touch next

09 Jun

Using an Acer Aspire R7 and a MacBook Pro Retina side-by-side, I keep touching my MacBook's screen trying to click buttons and drag windows… gestures and touch are a very natural interface. I miss it on my MacBook Pro.

Macs needs touchscreens next.



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  1. Wilson Hines

    Wilson HinesNo Gravatar

    June 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm


  2. Michael Pelfrey

    Michael PelfreyNo Gravatar

    June 9, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Respectfully disagree.. a lot.  I hate mobile interfaces on laptops. You guys can just stick to your iPads and leave my laptop alone ;)

  3. Wilson Hines

    Wilson HinesNo Gravatar

    June 9, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    +Michael Pelfrey you still pitching for the Twins?

  4. Ken Foreman

    Ken ForemanNo Gravatar

    June 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I'm sure many MS-DOS users said the same of Windows 1.0 and MacOS back in the 80's.  64K and a command-line terminal is good enough for most business, word processing, email, and gaming, ;)

    Touch isn't a mobile interface any more than a Mouse is a mobile interface, it's simply an improvement in how we interact with computers.

  5. Wilson Hines

    Wilson HinesNo Gravatar

    June 9, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Me personally, I don't want to touch it all the time. There are just some moments when touching works.

  6. Ken Foreman

    Ken ForemanNo Gravatar

    June 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I grew up with AutoCAD 10.  I thought using a Wacom digitizer allowing both pen and stylus was a far more natural way of interacting with a computer than using a mouse.

    I use the stylus heavily on my Acer Aspire R7 when I'm doing precision work (clicking on small buttons, drawing, dragging, selecting) and I use my fingers for the bigger stuff (surfing, email, gaming).  Having the option to use a stylus, use your fingers, or plug a mouse into the USB if you're a dinosaur should all be equally valid options. ;)

  7. Hussain Al-Khalaf

    Hussain Al-KhalafNo Gravatar

    June 10, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Only after they fix the bad decision of having embedded RAM instead of having a RAM slot, at least put some embedded and also have one slot like some Ultrabooks out there..

    I thought of buying the latest MacBook Pro but I cancelled after I saw this change since late 2013 models…

  8. Tedon Porter

    Tedon PorterNo Gravatar

    June 10, 2014 at 9:17 am

    +Ken Foreman I bought my Acer R7-572 about 2 months ago (upgrade from 2011 MacBook Air) and I love it. I use mine mainly for photo work (Lightroom + Photoshop) and the active pen w/ palm rejection is perfect for what I do. Not to mention the Acer R7-572 display covers 95% of the sRGB color space. When you get a 4th Gen Quad-Core i5, 8GB Ram, 15" 1080p display, and 95% sRGB color space for only $899 it makes it hard for me to consider buying another MacBook. I spent an extra $85 and upgraded the 1TB drive in it to a 128GB SSD and this thing is a beast. LOVE IT!

  9. Gyo Kamata

    Gyo KamataNo Gravatar

    June 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I'm not into touch screens on laptops. To me, it makes them look like tablets with a keyboard on it for no reason.

  10. Ido Kahana

    Ido KahanaNo Gravatar

    June 10, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Touch on laptops is nice, but not really comfortable. Touch is great for 2-in-1s where touch is necessary.
    If Apple could implement touch and 2-in-1s good enough it will be nice. In the current MacBook's form factor, it is not needed and will bump up the price.

  11. Tedon Porter

    Tedon PorterNo Gravatar

    June 10, 2014 at 11:02 am

    +Gyo Kamata Well today the line between tablet and notebook is becoming more and more blurred with the advent of 2in1s. Companies like Dell create 8in tablets that run the full Windows 8.1 OS on top of core i3 processors. There is a large market in bluetooth keyboards or keyboard cases for tablets which to me says people want keyboards for their tablet devices.

    In my own opinion as I can't speak for anyone but myself, I prefer a portable full fledged OS that allows me to run all my essential software (Lightroom, Photoshop, Office, etc) while providing me the functionality of a tablet when I want it. What is wrong with choice and flexibility? If i can reduce my collection of electronics down from a tablet and a laptop to something that functions as both why wouldn't I? That is less devices I have to worry about charging, carrying around, setting up, and I won't even begin to talk about the inconsistency in apps and programs if you don't use only one ecosystem of devices.

    For as much flak as Microsoft gets for doing what they did with Windows 8, they in my opinion took a step in the right direction (if a bit over zealous one). To have a windows tablet and be able to access not only full fledged windows programs but also to have an app store to download touch optimized apps that feel consistent from Tablet to PC to Phone and even game console (Xbox One) is a great ideology by Microsoft. The only problem they are having is trying to come into a market dominated by two giants (Android and iOS) and somehow try to convince developers that they need to invest time and resources developing another iteration of their app for Windows.

    All in all if Microsoft keeps at it I think they could have the best eco system out there for compatibility, continuity and consistency across their ecosystem of products and really make your transition from device to device feel seamless. And with their current acquisition of Nokia to develop hardware specifically for them I think its not to far of a stretch before we start seeing such things.

  12. Scott Joniec

    Scott JoniecNo Gravatar

    June 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Why not just gestures? I mean why do we actually need to touch the screen? 

  13. Tedon Porter

    Tedon PorterNo Gravatar

    June 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    +Scott Joniec How does gestures help creatives such as myself? You are looking at it from a perspective of "your needs" only. For myself having 10 finger capacitive touch and then be able to switch to my active pen seamlessly for fine detail work is almost indispensable now that I have it. My workflow has been enhance tremendously as well as my ability to handle fine detail work without the need of carrying around a separate wacom tablet.. Gestures are nice for moving between windows or calling up a launcher but they do nothing to enhance my workflow inside of applications like Photoshop or Lightroom (except maybe pinch to zoom which any touchpad these days does). Again, I speak solely for myself but my R7 gives me the power of a full fledged laptop, with the ability to compact down to a tablet for things like consuming media on a bus or in the car or play touch based games, and finally a functional touch display with active pen and pressure sensitivity built in. All I can say is if you don't like the idea of a touch screen on your laptop don't buy one, and if touchscreens became the norm just don't use them. Use your device how you best see fit but I for one like having options and don't want to be limited on features just because some don't need them or want them. :)

  14. Scott Joniec

    Scott JoniecNo Gravatar

    June 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I have a Acer c720p (touch screen chrome book) as well as a Macbook pro and agree this should be the next step in evolution however I'm constantly cleaning the touch screen. I was thinking to eliminate the smudge factor gestures might be a better solution. I see your point however.

  15. Tedon Porter

    Tedon PorterNo Gravatar

    June 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    +Scott Joniec Yea I completely agree with the fingerprint issue. A cleaning cloth has become standard issue in my laptop bag since I bought the R7 but a small price to pay for the flexibility I get from the system. I think that should be the next advancement in computing technology… auto cleaning displays lol. I feel like if I had more disposable income then I knew what to do with I would pay to have someone follow me around in a fancy suite and wipe my screen for me at pre-determined level of smudgeness.