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Old Aug 15th, 2014, 10:40 AM   #1
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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??
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Old Aug 15th, 2014, 12:21 PM   #3
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"Next-gen" will not be until early or mid 2015 at the minimum. (With the new 'broadwell' processors.)
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With all due respect, Thom, I hope your purchasing decisions are based on more than a nifty touch/swipe screen. After you touch and wipe it (sounds dirty!), it's still Windows.

Yeah, I'm a Mac fanatic, but having attempted (seriously) to use Win 8 on both a MacBook Pro and on a PC that came pre-loaded, I can't say it's worth the frustration. IMHO.
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Old Aug 15th, 2014, 01:37 PM   #5
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Hmmm...??? Hasn't Apple supplied a touch/swipe system with their iPads etc. and their laptops depending on whether they use a touchscreen or touchpad??

And they're still all available now.
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Old Aug 15th, 2014, 02:23 PM   #6
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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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The idea behind windows 8 was a unified OS between the desktop and tablet version.

That's why you see more and more convertible notebooks.
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The idea behind windows 8 was a unified OS between the desktop and tablet version.

That's why you see more and more convertible notebooks.
yeah and you ended up with an experience that sucked on both. lol
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The concept of a touchscreen laptop is just plain bad IMO. A trackpad is so easy and comfortable to use; leave touch screens for the iPads and iPhones.
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To hit a few of the above responses...
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.
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