MacBook meets iPad: why is this Apple laptop not allowed to exist?

Not only users of Apple computers are asking themselves: When will the MacBook and iPad actually grow together? Probably not at all in the foreseeable future. Despite all denials, Apple is thinking about it, as a patent that has now been staged proves.

In August, a previously unknown Apple-Patent public. It shows a MacBook with the tray for an Apple Pencil directly above the keyboard. So yes, Apple is secretly considering a MacBook with a touchscreen. However, we know that a patent was and is still just a thought and not a guarantee for a future product.

MacBook Pro with Apple Pencil: On the trail of the iPad

Nevertheless, designer Sarang Sheth took the document as an opportunity to create a corresponding, realistic concept to create (source: Yanko Design). The previous MacBook Pro with Touch Bar serves as the basis, i.e. not the new model with 14- and 16-inch displays. In the meantime, the OLED touchscreen bar has been removed from this and should not come back.

The perfect storage location for the Apple Pencil in the MacBook Pro (Image: Sarang Sheth, Yanko Design).

In the concept puts the Apple Pencil in a recess where the Touch Bar is normally located. It shrinks and is moved to the side. According to the Apple patent, the Apple Pencil somehow also takes on the task of the function keys in a lying position, i.e. the corresponding areas on the surface of the pen should be touchable. Of course, such an Apple Pencil only makes sense with a touchscreen. There is one in the design and you can draw and scribble on it with your heart’s content.

Anyone who says Apple Pencil must also mean touchscreen (Image: Sarang Sheth, Yanko Design).

That’s why this Apple laptop can’t exist

Unfortunately, the chances of implementing the concept shown here are rather poor. So why is this Apple laptop not allowed to exist? The manufacturer only gave the answer in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Apple currently wants a clear distinction between product categories, according to which only the iPad has a touchscreen and Apple Pencil, the Mac would be optimized for indirect input. Apple sees no reason to change this.

Even with the new MacBook Pro – here in the video – If you look for a touchscreen and Apple Pencil in vain:

So the official statement. The patent office in turn proves that the manufacturer at least lets his imagination run wild. This is not just a guarantee of implementation, rather a little “finger exercise” for the designers and engineers. In short: Such a MacBook with Apple Pencil cannot exist for reasons of product policynot because Apple couldn’t. You just don’t want to.