It’s only natural that geekerati are excited around Apple’s move to ARM-based processors. The first MacBooks with new technology are expected to arrive later this year. While there will be a marketing push (I’m expecting something along the lines of “lighter machines, more power and longer battery life”), normal consumers will likely compare MacOS laptops with Windows 10 laptops. At what point does the Windows ecosystem have a distinct advantage.
Perhaps Tim Cook’s team needs to focus on Panos Panay’s surface team and the technology they’ve built over the years?
Its advantage is touchscreen.
It is popular in the Windows 10 powered laptop market. Although Windows 10 runs silently happily without it, the addition of a touchscreen adds functionality to Windows 10, though it is never demanded. Microsoft has already traveled down the road to a desk-bound OS built around touch as a primary interface (hello Windows 8), and thankfully Windows 10 balances the needs of both camps.
Looking at the options Microsoft has chosen for its Surface hardware, and you can see the direction that company manufacturers should consider. The all-in move for Windows 8 on a touchscreen tablet in the original Surface (nee Surface with Windows RT) was both ambitious in vision, but lacked the foundation for a smooth transition.
Most of the problems are used in Windows RT, a type of Windows 8 designed for 32-bit ARM devices. This requires applications to be minimally recompiled through the Windows Store and for consideration for a new platform and new touch interface. A handful of devices were released, but Microsoft’s vision of the ARM ecosystem was little more than the vision it suddenly saw.
Roll the clock forward, and you have Windows 10, which brings back most of the classic Windows interfaces, enough to run old apps as well as new apps taking advantage of Windows 10’s new UI elements and touchscreen support. is.
Touchscreens are now widely accepted as part of the Windows ecosystem. Manufacturers can offer options with and without an interface, but this is an accepted part of a high-end laptop. And this is a part of the laptop experience that MacBook fans have long wanted.
This is not to say that Apple will not decide to bring touchscreens for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. So far, MacOS has been built around a keyboard and mouse – it is possible to have a touchscreen that mimics mouse clicks, but this means a lot of UIs will need to be re-engineered for larger surface area Finger required
MacOS 11 is moving towards an interface that is more iOS and iPad-like, along with a confluence of code that Tim Cook and his team hope for more developers for the Mac platform to switch to ARM and Will bring the application. If so, there is a very strong argument for adding a touchscreen to the next generation MacBook that will start with Apple’s new processor.
Adding the touch screen to the new MacBook will bolster the idea that the new Macs are capable and capable laptops, at least outside of Apple’s Geekarti.
At which point the key will be how Apple deals with legacy applications.
Just as Microsoft’s Windows 10 on the ARM project has built a better foundation for legacy applications (especially when you look at RT), Apple will be working behind the scenes to make it easier. Still, anyone wishing to move to an ARM-powered Mac will keep a careful eye on their critical applications and if they jump the same as Apple’s processors.
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