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Why isn't there a touchscreen Apple computer?

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Why isn't there a touchscreen Apple computer?

It is perfect for spreadsheet and editing. Does anyknow Apple have a plan for one?
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IMO, touchscreens absolutely suck for spreadsheets.

BTW, you can use iPads and iPad Pros with mainstream spreadsheets like MS Office. However, just using the touchscreen for interacting with the cells sucks horribly. That’s why everyone was so happy when MS Office for iPadOS finally gained mouse and touchpad support.
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EugW wrote: IMO, touchscreens absolutely suck for spreadsheets.

BTW, you can use iPads and iPad Pros with mainstream spreadsheets like MS Office. However, just using the touchscreen for interacting with the cells sucks horribly. That’s why everyone was so happy when MS Office for iPadOS finally gained mouse and touchpad support.
Do you have see the same in Windows? I find that I can just point to cells and just click and be there. If I use mouse or touchpad with 3 monitor its a lot more dragging back and forth.
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vivibaby wrote: Do you have see the same in Windows? I find that I can just point to cells and just click and be there. If I use mouse or touchpad with 3 monitor its a lot more dragging back and forth.
Three monitors? Having to constantly reach up and press the screen to access the cells is a major PITA, considering the entire spreadsheet is made up of those cells. With my dual screen setup, my screens are approximately 2 feet from my face. That means in order to touch the screen, my arm is at full extension, and that's just the part of the screen that is directly in front of me. For a screen that is on one side, my arm can't even reach unless I bend over that direction. This is the opposite of proper ergonomics. It's one thing to occasionally interact with the screen in this type of desktop setup, but to have to touch the screen every few sections to interact with a spreadsheet is an exercise in frustration.
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It's called an iPad.
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I think touchscreen Macbooks would take away from iPad sales.
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Scote64 wrote: It's called an iPad.
+1 lol
If you want touchscreen get a tablet.
I have touchscreen on my laptop and I don't think i used the touchscreen more than a handful times.
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Scote64 wrote: It's called an iPad.
According to Apple, this is the answer. The iPad is a computer. Want a touch screen computer, get an iPad. I don't agree, but that's Apple's official line.
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vivibaby wrote: It is perfect for spreadsheet and editing. Does anyknow Apple have a plan for one?
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The Canterbury Tail wrote: According to Apple, this is the answer. The iPad is a computer. Want a touch screen computer, get an iPad. I don't agree, but that's Apple's official line.
Are you sure it's a computer? It doesn't have a file system. Does it?
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alpovs wrote: Are you sure it's a computer? It doesn't have a file system. Does it?
iPadOS introduced a more robust file system to iPads with local storage, server access, and external drive access. The Files app will surface any file provider in its browser, along with external drives, cards, and servers.

Users can tag or favorite files and folders to have them show up in the Browse sidebar too. From here you can drag files to any location listed without the need to change apps.

https://appleinsider.com/inside/ipados


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Dhanushan wrote: iPadOS introduced a more robust file system to iPads with local storage, server access, and external drive access. The Files app will surface any file provider in its browser, along with external drives, cards, and servers.

Users can tag or favorite files and folders to have them show up in the Browse sidebar too. From here you can drag files to any location listed without the need to change apps.

https://appleinsider.com/inside/ipados
Good! Looks like they introduced it more than a year ago. My friend complained after getting an iPad as a gift that it didn't have a file system. I was shocked, shrugged and laughed. The was some time ago. As you can see I am not an Apple fan and know little about their devices.
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alpovs wrote: Good! Looks like they introduced it more than a year ago. My friend complained after getting an iPad as a gift that it didn't have a file system. I was shocked, shrugged and laughed. The was some time ago. As you can see I am not an Apple fan and know little about their devices.
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There used to be a company that does that - ModBook
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I came across a YouTube video that claims that Apple doesn't put a touchscreen on a computer because it's a pain to use a touchscreen on a screen that sits vertically. I partly agree, since people don't really want to raise their arms to use a touchscreen. But Apple is also close-minded, and think their way is the only way. What if someone is using a standing-desk? Then Apple can go blow themselves.

But my example is niche, and Apple only wants to cater to the mainstream for the big payola. That and their arrogance of thinking that they know better what's good for you.
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Because Apple knows they can't get away with claiming to invent touch screen laptops and calling it iTouch would just get them laughed at. Grinning Face
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