As of August 10 update below, the original post was published August 8.
It’s natural for geekerati to be excited about Apple switching to ARM-based processors. Expected to have the first MacBooks with new technology later this year. While there will be a marketing push (I’m expecting something along the lines of “lighter machine, more power and longer battery life”), consumers as a whole are likely to make comparisons. MacOS laptop with Windows 10 laptop.
Aug. 9 update: One area where Apple has shown signs of improving its Mac platform is in the webcam. Last week saw an update to the Intel-enabled iMac. Along with the overall increase in memory, memory and processor specs, the FaceTime camera ̵1; Apple’s magic name for a webcam – became the first device to go from 720p to 1080p. . With the proliferation of conference calls and online chat due to the Covid-19 lock being promotedHaving a good webcam can be crucial.
It looks like the next MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models will ship with the same upgraded webcam, according to Apple commentator @Lomiya_kj on Twitter. Apple’s offering of a 720p laptop webcam was inherently weak before the coronavirus epidemic, but the redirection of working from home made it the focus. An update is clearly needed.
But the Windows ecosystem has a distinct advantage. Perhaps Tim Cook’s team needs to take note of Panos Panay’s Surface team and the technology they’ve championed for years? Touch screen.
Aug 10th update: One of Apple’s advantages is that, right or wrong, it is seen as promoting design style and functionality. That’s why the lack of a touchscreen seems out of place across the MacBook range. Not everyone agrees. Based on the public beta release of MacOS 11 Big Sur, Bill Thomas for TechRadar To argue against a touchscreen Mac:
“That extends even further with macOS 11 Big Sur, with Apple claiming that every iOS app will be compatible with your Mac, which is certainly huge. Add to that the change. to Apple Silicon later this year, and there is a big change in the way Macs work, even if they functionally serve the same purpose.
“But it’s not just app compatibility here. MacOS Big Sur’s user interface brings a lot of inspiration from iOS’s design philosophy. This could cause some concern for any. Who reminisces about the combination of Windows 8’s desktop and mobile design, but one thing to note: there’s still no touchscreen computer. “
Personally, I think the philosophy of iOS makes up the argument for touchscreens.
It’s popular across the Windows 10 laptop market. Although Windows 10 runs quietly happily without it, the addition of a touchscreen will add Windows 10 functionality even though it doesn’t. ever required. Microsoft has gone into the path of a desk-mounted operating system built on touch as the main interface (hello Windows 8) and has fortunately balanced the needs of both sides within Windows 10.
Look back at Microsoft’s options for its Surface hardware, and you can see the direction the company wants manufacturers to consider. The full switch to Windows 8 on a touchscreen tablet in the original Surface (nee Surface with Windows RT), with hindsight, both have vision ambitions but lack a platform for transition going well.
Much of the problem lies with the use of Windows RT, a variant of Windows 8 built for 32-bit ARM devices. It requires apps to be shipped through the Windows Store and, at a minimum, recompiled for the new platform, and considerations made for the new touch interface. A handful of devices have been released, but Microsoft’s vision of an ARM ecosystem suddenly appears to be more than just a foresight.
Swipe the clock forward and you have Windows 10, which gives the most classic Windows look, more than enough for old apps to run happily alongside newer apps that take advantage of new UI elements. Windows 10 and touch screen support.
Touchscreens are now widely accepted as part of the Windows ecosystem. The manufacturers may offer interface with and without options, but it’s an accepted part of a high-end laptop. And this is part of the laptop experience that MacBook fans have long wanted.
That doesn’t mean Apple won’t make a decision to bring touch screens to the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. So far, macOS has been built around keyboards and mice – there may be a touchscreen that recreates clicks, but that means a lot of user interfaces will need to be redesigned for larger surface area. required finger.
With MacOS 11 moving towards a more iOS and iPad-like interface, along with a fusion of code that Tim Cook and his team hope to bring more developers and apps to the Mac platform by moving to ARM . If that’s the case, there’s a very strong argument for adding touchscreens to the next-generation MacBook that will debut with Apple’s new processors.
The addition of touchscreen displays to the new MacBook will reinforce the idea that the new Macs are capable and good laptops, at least outside of Apple’s geekerati.
At that point, the key will be how Apple handles old apps.
Just as Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM project has built a better foundation for old apps (especially when you look back at RT), Apple will work behind the scenes to make this happen. as seamlessly as possible. Anyone looking to switch to an ARM-powered Mac, however, will carefully keep an eye on their important apps and whether they make the same leap as Apple’s processor.
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