Steve Jobs called them ergonomically terrible
The rumour mill this week announced that Apple will ship laptops with touchscreens -- two years from now. The twitterati had their say.
(For the record, I do not buy laptops that lack touch screens. I find that some onscreen actions are better with the precision of a mouse, and some better with the speed of the finger. With a touch screen, you have the choice.)
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Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken): If this happens, it will set some sort of record for how long it took for a shoe to drop.
Mike Murphy (@mcwm): The Acer Aspire S7 and Dell XPS 12 touchscreen Windows laptops came out in... 2012.
Miles Somerville (@someofmiles): Apple polishing cloth stock just went up. [This tweet refers to Apple charging $20 for its iPad screen polishing cloths.]
Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane): Aged like milk:
Ernie Smith (@ernie): Apple could have done this at any point in the last 13 years. They could have avoided the embarrassment of letting the rest of the computing industry innovate around them.
Dan Primack (@danprimack): Apple is becoming very good at breathlessly releasing features that other companies had years earlier.
@sebastienpage: Of course it is an obvious next step. Now watch all the Apple commenters back out their longtime claims that touchscreens don't make sense on Macs (the famous small tap target nonsense). Touch Macs have always made sense, and in a few years, we'll all be able to confirm it
Neil Irwin (@neil_irwin): My three year-old daughter rejoices.
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