While Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 as a single platform that can run across multiple devices, including phones, tablets and PCs, Apple has so far kept iOS and MacOS apart. Sure, we’ve seen some features and design elements from iOS make its way over to its desktop sibling, but there’s still no support for things like touchscreen displays and styluses on Macs. There’s a certain noble purity in keeping its platforms apart, but that leaves Apple’s users in a bind if they simply want a traditional laptop with a touchscreen. Their only option right now? Buy a Windows laptop (or even more sacrilegious, buy a Surface).
At this point, it seems more likely we’ll see a MacBook powered by iOS, rather than MacOS getting multitouch support. It’s the quickest way for Apple to catch up with some of the features PCs have offered for years. That’s particularly noticeable with all of the new Pencil features, like easy screenshot annotation, which mimic plenty of Windows Ink capabilities.
And if you really think about it, MacOS hasn’t really changed much design-wise over the past decade. It would simply be out of character for Apple to bolt entirely new interface paradigms onto MacOS just because Windows is doing it.
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