Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Feb 2017 23:15 UTC

Apple Inc. is designing a new chip for future Mac laptops that would take on more of the functionality currently handled by Intel Corp. processors, according to people familiar with the matter.

The chip, which went into development last year, is similar to one already used in the latest MacBook Pro to power the keyboard's Touch Bar feature, the people said. The updated part, internally codenamed T310, would handle some of the computer's low-power mode functionality, they said. The people asked not to be identified talking about private product development. It's built using ARM Holdings Plc. technology and will work alongside an Intel processor.

And before you know it, you have a MacBook ARM.

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It's very hard to make a reliable capacitive touchscreen that has a matte finish, and the only practical type of touchscreen currently for a laptop is a capacitive one (resistive has poor image quality and imposes durability constraints on the enclosure for the screen, optical and infrared are too bulky and have poor accuracy, acoustic is impacted by the cleanliness of the screen, APR is impractically expensive, and piezoelectric can't detect motionless fingers reliably).

As far as the shiny screen thing, there's two parts to it:
1. It's eye catching. Glare, as much as it's horrendous for doing actual work, really catches people's attention. It's the same reason that all kinds of cheap electronics have high gloss enclosures these days. In other words, it's a marketing gimmick used on people who don't think about the impact it has on usability (which is sadly a lot more people than you might think).
2. Durability. This sounds odd at first, but it's actually a factor. More and more laptop screens are using some type of high durability glass instead of the transparent plastic they traditionally have used, and it's insanely expensive to make glass that has a matte finish and doesn't impact the color saturation of the image. This is even more important for a touchscreen, because people are actually touching the screen regularly.

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