Earlier we reported that during an interview with The Independent, Apple’s SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi seemed to have shut down the rumors that Apple is developing a touchscreen-based Mac. He certainly did not mince words nor was he being coy about it, where he flat out said that Apple was “not remotely considering something about touch”.

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However, according to a tweet by Louie Mantia Jr., he stumbled across an animated graphic on the Mac App Store where it shows a hand touching and interacting with what looks like a stylized version of macOS. Despite Federighi’s comments, this has sparked a debate on Twitter as to whether or not a touchscreen-based Mac could be in the works.

Apple has since removed the animated graphic and replaced it with a static one without the hand, but a video was captured preserving the original, which you can see below. It seems odd that Apple would even bother creating such a design and letting it be approved in the first place, so we’re not quite sure what’s going on here.

In a way, a touchscreen-based Mac almost makes sense given that the new M1 Mac computers can run iPhone and iPad apps natively. At the same time, using a touchscreen computer like a laptop or desktop does feel a little odd and not particularly intuitive, so it also makes sense that Apple isn’t keen on heading down that path. In any case, what do you think?

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