Grand daughter has a new Acer laptop with WIndows 8. I was impressed with the touch/swipe screen. Was about to purchase a new MacBook but now don't want to do that if new ones (which will likely have the touch/swipe screens) are due out soon. Anyone have any feel for when the next gen Mac laptops are happening??
Touchscreen are not a great experience on a laptop or desktop, in my opinion. Your rotator cuff gets sore if you have to suspend your arm in the air for any length of time, which is why Apple uses trackpads instead. More ergonomically sensible. You can also judge by the the negative backlash that came with Windows 8 and it's touchscreen emphasis how people preferred to hold on to their 14 year old Windows XP OS than "upgrade" to a touchscreen OS. If it was a good idea, they'd embrace the change more readily. Touchscreen makes sense for a horizontal surface, not a vertical one.
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I am not looking to switch to Windows. Been using Apple products since 1986 and won't be changing. If Apple decides to include touch screen actions when Yosemite comes out, (even though it was not mentioned at WWDC) then I'd like to be able to take advantage of that. Not that I would use that feature exclusively, but there are some actions that I would see as preferential by touching/swiping a screen than using the trackpad. I already use a touchscreen device in a vertical position (surprise, an iPad!) and don't see why I couldn't be happy doing the same on a laptop screen. It's interesting how a question about when the next laptops might come out turns into people trashing Windows or feeling they have to tell me what my needs are. Thanks to monokitty for answering my question in their first reply.