In an interview with WIRED, Apple’s SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi has revealed that Apple still does not have plans for a touchscreen Mac. He was quoted as saying, “We really feel that the ergonomics of using a Mac are that your hands are rested on a surface, and that lifting your arm up to poke a screen is a pretty fatiguing thing to do. I don’t think we’ve looked at any of the other guys to date and said, how fast can we get there?”
He also feels that the current offerings are particularly compelling, calling them “experiments”. According to Federighi, “I don’t think we’ve looked at any of the other guys to date and said, how fast can we get there?” Instead what Apple seems to be doing is trying to get iOS apps to run on Mac but instead of relying on touch, they are looking to create a framework that will translate current touch commands into input commands on the keyboard or mouse.