Steve Jobs Hated This Idea for Macs. Apple Might Go There Anyway

This hands-on tech could reportedly land on the MacBook Pro in 2025.

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once called touchscreen monitors "ergonomically terrible."

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After years of avoiding the feature, Apple may be developing touchscreens for its Mac computers, according to a report Wednesday from Bloomberg. The hands-on tech could reportedly debut on MacBook Pro laptops as early as 2025. 

The Pro would still have a traditional keyboard and trackpad, but its screen would let users swipe across it, like an iPad or iPhone. Apple may expand touchscreen support to other models, Bloomberg reported, citing individuals familiar with the project. 

Apple has been resistant to incorporating touchscreens, the cornerstone of its phones and tablets, into laptops. 

At a 2010 launch event, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said the company had done "tons of testing" and found using touch screens on a vertical surface like a monitor was "ergonomically terrible."

Read on: Why Mac Books Don't Have Touchscreens

"Touch surfaces don't want to be vertical," Jobs said. "It gives [a] great demo but after a short period of time, you start to fatigue. And after an extended period of time, your arm wants to fall off. It doesn't work."
Since then, touchscreen monitors have been added to many other laptop brands, including the Microsoft Surface and Samsung Galaxy.

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Apple didn't respond to a request for comment.