Macs with touchscreens? Seriously???

Steve Jobs is rolling in his grave if the latest rumors are true: Apple is reportedly exploring touch-screen Macs!!!!

What you say? Hasn't Apple said multiple times that touchscreens are inappropriate for laptops and desktops?

See here, here, here, and here.

Jobs once said internal testing of touchscreen Macs showed that “after an extended period of time, your arm wants to fall off. It doesn’t work; it’s ergonomically terrible.”

But apparently ergonomically terrible is no longer a barrier!

Maybe Apple's magical design elves figured out that touchscreens on computers are a good idea after all.

See, for example, the clever folding Yoga Book 9i laptop shown at CES last week, which can use the lower part of its folding touchscreen as a keyboard.

It looks very clever and cool. Maybe Apple's exploring something similar?

-- Leander Kahney, EIC.

Apple now has engineers “actively engaged in the project” of adding touchscreens to Mac computers, starting with the popular MacBook Pro. According to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, a consistent and reliable leaker, the first Mac with a touchscreen display could ship as soon as 2025.

Apple could start shipping the second-generation AirPods Max and the AirPods Lite in the second half of 2024 at the earliest or the first half of 2025. Announced in late 2020, the $549 AirPods Max has not received any refresh since their launch.

Apple’s M2 Pro/Max MacBook Pros launch could have hit another roadblock. Rumors indicated the new Macs could debut in Q1 2023, but that does not seem to be the case anymore.

If you need a compact and handy way to both store and charge your Apple gadgets on the move, you can’t go wrong with Momax Airbox and Airbox Go. And during the company’s special 7-day deal for Cult of Mac readers, you can get more than 40% off each of the nifty products.

Windows 11 users can now download preview versions of the Apple Music and Apple TV applications. In late 2022, Microsoft committed to getting them into the Windows Store this year. And a new Apple Devices app is a significant move toward phasing out iTunes for Windows.

“Sharper” is old slang for a con artist or swindler. And in the trailer Apple TV+ dropped Thursday for its first film of 2023, a “neo-noir thriller” that shares the slang term as a title, it’s not easy to tell the con artist from the conned. But it looks like it’ll be fun guessing which rich Manhattan people will lose their shirts in the film, starring Julianne Moore and John Lithgow.

On January 12, 2005, Apple reported record earnings, with the iPod helping give the company a whopping 4x increase in profits.

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"I've had an opportunity to meet a few great people in my life, and they all had one characteristic in common, which is that they treat everyone the same, whether it's the janitor or the president of the company." — Steve Jobs, 1990.

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