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2025 MacBook Pro could launch with a touch-enabled OLED screen

Future MacBooks could finally include a touchscreen (image via own)
Future MacBooks could finally include a touchscreen (image via own)
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has learned that Apple is working on a touch-enabled MacBook Pro. It is expected to feature an OLED panel and could be unveiled in 2025, at the earliest.

While MacBooks are available in quite a few form factors, Apple wants to expand upon them with additional screen configurations, such as a 15-inch MacBook Air. However, we're yet to see a MacBook with a touchscreen, something that is becoming increasingly common in competing offerings from Dell, Lenovo and others. Things won't remain that way forever, though, according to a new report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

Sources familiar with the matter have stated Apple is actively working on a touch-enabled MacBook Pro. However, it is still in the early stages of testing and might not see the light of day until 2025. Apple also has plans to include OLED screens in MacBooks by 2024, so the likelihood of the 2025 touch-enabled MacBook Pro shipping with an OLED screen is quite high. Whether or not Apple will choose to keep the unsightly notch on its 2025 MacBook Pro remains to be seen.

Thankfully, the company plans to adopt under-display camera tech for its iPhones by then. It should ideally be easier to use the tech on a MacBook, given there are no space constraints. Hence, it wouldn't be optimistic to hope for an all-screen OLED MacBook Pro, although other nice-to-haves, such as a 360-degree hinge, will likely be reserved for the MacBook Air, should Apple choose to fit it with a touchscreen.

It'll be interesting to see how Apple plans to differentiate its high-end iPads from MacBooks, given some of them run identical hardware. While it makes little sense to merge both lineups, especially when iPads are one of the best-selling tablets in the world. However, a leak from last year stated Apple is working on a watered-down version of macOS for M2-enabled iPads, suggesting that Apple is doubling down on its "iPads as laptop replacements" marketing pitch.

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Anil Ganti, 2023-01-12 (Update: 2023-01-12)