According to an exclusive interview with CNET, the company’s various executives explained why a touchscreen MacBook is out of the question. Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller weighed in on the subject, saying that this was an idea Apple explored many years ago, but ultimately decided against it. “We did spend a great deal of time looking at this a number of years ago and came to the conclusion that to make the best personal computer, you can’t try to turn MacOS into an iPhone.”
He adds, “Conversely, you can’t turn iOS into a Mac…. So each one is best at what they’re meant to be — and we take what makes sense to add from each, but without fundamentally changing them so they’re compromised.” The company also doesn’t believe that leaning forward to touch your Mac’s screen makes sense.
This isn’t the first time that Apple has shot down the idea of merging OS X/macOS with iOS. Schiller had previously stated that doing so would be a “waste of energy”. However Apple is a company who has famously said no to a lot of things in the past, only to turn around and do it later. Will we eventually see a MacBook with a touchscreen? It’s hard to say, but for now it seems like we won’t.