Apple Is Reportedly Testing MacBooks With Touchscreens

After years of say it would never slap a touchscreen on a laptop, Apple may now be planning to do just that. A report by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg claims that Apple is testing touchscreen technology on some of its MacBooks. The information is based on company leaks, so touchscreen Macs aren’t a sure thing, and even if they were, these computers wouldn’t show up until at least 2025. Apple could also cancel these plans entirely, as it frequently tests and abandons ideas for changes to its products.

The company has long dismissed the idea of ​​putting a touchscreen in MacBooks, citing ergonomic concerns like the fact that your arm will wear out after tapping a vertical touchscreen for a while. It’s also been reluctant to bring touch to MacBooks because it has an entire product line dedicated to finger gestures — the iPad. So it’s notable that Apple is considering touchscreens for MacBooks. Apple has steadily merged the functionality of MacBooks and iPads, with many crossovers in both software and hardware components between the platforms. Having touchscreens on both devices could blur those lines even more.

Read on for some other things going on in the consumer tech world.

Samsung sets an unboxing date

Samsung has announced the date of its next Galaxy Unpacked hardware event, and it’s less than a month away. Unpacked will be on February 1st at 10am Pacific. For the first time since the pandemic era began, the event will be held in-person in San Francisco, California.

Samsung hasn’t specified what it will be announcing, although the company usually unveils its new Galaxy phones at this event. The Galaxy S23 is expected later this year. There may also be news about other accessories or wearables. We could also see a foldable device, although Samsung might not announce a foldable device until later in the year.

Xbox Powerplay

Shhh, it’s time for your Xbox to go to sleep. Microsoft is rolling out an update for its Xbox Series X and Series S consoles that will automatically toggle power settings to the default settings to shut down completely instead of staying in sleep mode. The company says the move aims to reduce the console’s power consumption, as it still uses power in sleep mode.

Microsoft released an update last year aimed at making Windows computers more energy efficient, and now some of those changes are coming to the XBox too. As with the PC setting, the XBox downloads game files based on how much power is being consumed on the grid. The goal is to use energy to download games when the network is not busy during peak hours of the day.

Microsoft says this is a one-time update, and you can change any of these features in the console’s settings.

deer john

It used to be that once you bought something, you could do whatever you wanted with it. For example, you buy a tractor for your farm and you can put new parts in it or repair it yourself if something goes wrong. Unfortunately, sometimes the companies that make your technology want to retain control of their devices even after you’ve bought them.

John Deere, the agricultural machinery manufacturer, has attracted a lot of attention in recent years. The company makes its hardware and software proprietary and often requires customers to use official John Deere channels to have equipment upgraded and repaired. This has frustrated farmers, and they have tried to pursue the company with everything from hacking to lawsuits. A new memo from John Deere has eased some of the tension, but the question of fixability remains unresolved.

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Zack Zwiezen

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