Apple has dismissed rumors of a touchscreen Mac, but a new MacOS Big Sur graphic on the App Store has revived rumors that such a device might arrive.
The macOS Big Sur in the App Store graphic spotlighted by developer Louie Mantia features a human hand harness on various widgets and user interface elements.
Apple has since removed the animation and hand graphic and replaced it with a static image showing the widgets feature in the new macOS update.
However, as one would expect, Mantia’s tweet garnered little attention and dismissed rumors and speculation that Apple is in the process of switching macOS for a touch-based user experience.
The MacOS Big Sur update brings a complete visual overhaul to the Mac operating system that borrows heavily from iPadOS and iOS. This has led some to believe that this is the first step towards merging macOS and iPadOS, or at least one step towards bringing touch-based UX to the Mac.
In an interview earlier this week, Apple’s software chief Craig Federghi dismissed rumors that a touchscreen version of macOS was coming, and claimed that touch-based controls were not in focus during the redesign. .
On the other hand, Federighi did not rule out that a future version of MacOS may include touch support. And, in fact, Apple first patented the touch-based command system for macOS in 2020.