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The new MacBook is the iPad's spirit animal, ports and all

Michael Simon | March 13, 2015
We may never see a Multi-Touch Mac. What seemed inevitable back in 2010 is no closer to fruition than it was then--OS X and iOS may share certain design cues and UX elements, but they're as far apart as the've always been. Nothing about the Yosemite redesign suggests touch is being considered in the slightest, and if anything, OS X 10.10 moves the Mac further from converging with iPad, with things like Handoff and AirDrop creating a seamless sharing experience that adapts to their respective environments.

But like the Air, the new MacBook isn't about speed; it's about rethinking our expectations of PCs and putting the best Mac experience possible into the lightest, thinnest case Apple has ever made. Despite its good looks, I suspect adoption will be somewhat slow out of the gate, but make no mistake: The new MacBook is the future we all saw coming when the iPad landed. Some technologies have already made their way into Apple's other laptops, and after a few years we won't even remember ever being mad at the single port.

It might not have a touchscreen, but it's the closest thing to a Mac tablet we may see for a while.


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