I think that’s true, to a point and conventional wisdom is that the “DNA” so to speak of the Newton ended up in the iPhone and the iPad.
I think that’s accurate in one aspect which is that the MessagePad was Apple’s entry point with ARM chip technology.
But both knowing the Apple people we deal with and even going so far as to pull out my still functional MessagePad 2100 from the closet yesterday, I find very little that has come from that device other than the most basic/universal UI stuff that is true of any pen based device on the market today.
You could make a good argument for the Palm Pilot being at least as important and Apple did hire multiple engineers after Palm destructed, that ended up as part of the iPhone/iPad team.
And I think that doesn’t dilute the point that perhaps I’ve been muddled in trying to make, is what could Apple have up their sleeve that “moves the technology forward”
I also sort of agree with the “gorilla arm” idea that especially with a desktop or conventional clamshell laptop the entire OS and App experience is optimized for keyboard/mouse.
Even with something like my Surface Pro, the only time I use it with touch or pen is with Apps that have at least minimal features geared towards that use case.
And as I type this on a Mac this morning, it’s obvious to me that Mac OS and the app ecosystem are 100% geared towards keyboard/mouse input and will have virtually all the same frustrations and compromises that Windows has, and arguably it could even worse with Macs as at least Windows has "snap to. "
I’m obviously asking a somewhat rhetorical question and was merely wondering what others might think Apple could/would do.
In other words, speaking strictly for myself, I can’t see any value add of a touchscreen Mac if the only things it brings is touch/pen support to the existing OS/App UI. Otherwise, I already have what is arguably the best touch/pen experience already with my iPad.
PS: I guess I’ve been overdue for a tome of late
PPS: If Apple really is going forward with touch, I’d be willing to bet a paycheck that they will do so by doubling down on Stage Manager, for better or worse.