Touch-screen computers: Will Apple Merge the Macbook and iPad?

For those who own both a Macbook and iPad, they are wonders of modern technology that take the best in slimline computing and package them with high-quality software to give users an experience that suits them perfectly whether they’re inexperienced or IT veterans. But given that Apple have mastered both touch-screen mobile devices and laptops/personal computers, will they ever combine the two?

Surely we can’t be the only people who have dreamed of sitting down at an iMac and tapping away for a few minutes, before reaching towards the screen to shift some text around or alter an image using our fingertips. It seems like such a logical merging of two different forms of hardware, and touch-screen computers already exist in the market, so will we see iMacs and Macbooks taking advantage of the same ease-of-touch your O2 iPad features, or will we have to wait?

The smart money is on an iMac that is Retina Display making its debut far before Apple think about touch-screen desktops and notebooks, but given that the current Macbook model has Retina Display  available to it, it’s arguable that this may not be all that far off. Apple have a history of launching significant new changes to their computers every so often, so perhaps the next one or two generations of notebooks and desktops will be Retina, but remain touch-free.

Some would say that the idea of smearing your fingers all over your computer screen sounds like a nightmare, but the reality is that you already do this every day with your tablet and smartphone, and with a bright screen you’re not going to notice, even if the surface is glossy (as most Apple screens are).

There’s an argument often made that mouse and keyboard are always going to be superior to touch-screen interactivity, but realistically is this true? Many parents report their children will take to an iPad like a duck to water, and then either try and “scroll” on a magazine page or tap impatiently at a computer screen. It’s simply a more instinctive way of interacting with images on a screen, and we built the mouse as a means to circumvent the lack of that technology at the time.

However, that technology is available now, and when Apple do bring it on board for the rest of their product range, the company who innovated with touch-screen gestures, multi-touch and incredible accuracy are going to reward those waiting for a device like this. Until then it’s worth bearing in mind that a combination of iPad and Macbook is not an uncommon setup, and even with a touch-screen Apple notebook you’ll still prefer your iPad for some tasks and your Macbook for others. A touch-screen iMac or Macbook are not one-fits-all approaches to computing, but they do provide an additional control method for those who have fallen in love with how instinctive a double-tap is to use compared to the old double-click.

This guest post is by David Thompson who is always interested in development , graphic design, startup businesses and the latest gadgets. His other passions include playing video games  and you can always find him on Google+.

Touch-screen computers: Will Apple Merge the Macbook and iPad?