Will Apple, Inc. Stock Benefit From a Touch MacBook?

Are touchscreen laptops the future? Those hoping to see Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) stock touch new highs should hope so, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

In a recent patent filing (8,654,524), Apple specifies the idea of a MacBook "housing as an I/O" device. The idea? Give MacBook users more input options, presumably via an interactive touchscreen aided by sensors implanted along the base and bezel of the computer.

We don't know a lot about what Apple has planned. Plus, since this is only a patent, there's no guarantee that any of the specified innovations will make their way into a full-scale Apple product. And yet Tim says it's nice to see the company thinking about ways to improve its MacBook line without resorting to copycatting convertible systems, such as Microsoft's Surface. After all, Mac sales accounted for 11% of revenue in fiscal Q1.

The irony, of course, is that Apple has panned the notion of converging tablet and laptop functions in a single device. Could this patent signal a reversal? That's harder to tell, Tim says, though including support for resizing images via a MacBook touchscreen probably doesn't amount to a change of heart when it comes to selling "hybrid" systems.

Or maybe it does. EIther way, it seems more of them are coming: NPD DisplaySearch says 11% of all notebooks shipped last year were touch-enabled. The firm expects that ratio to rise to more than 40% by 2017.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Do you want to see Apple come out with a touch MacBook? Please watch the video to get his full take and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand and whether you would buy, sell, or short Apple stock at current prices.

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  • Report this Comment On February 20, 2014, at 9:27 PM, sweetrider10 wrote:

    Love this idea for MacBook...would love to touch the screen to zoom in....would love to be able to photograph the screen also!!!

  • Report this Comment On February 20, 2014, at 9:30 PM, Geezlouise3425 wrote:


    MacBooks will not benefit from touch screens.

    Go buy an iPad if you want to touch the flippin screen.

    And if you are the fool that needs a Bluetooth keyboard case for your iPad, go buy a MacBook.

    And if you need an apple device That is inbetween these 2 completely different devices... Pull it out of your____ cuz you are the only one that needs it

  • Report this Comment On February 20, 2014, at 10:46 PM, Renee wrote:

    @ Geezlouise3425

    so according to you, one must have a tablet and a computer, but may not have a computer with a touchscreen.

    It's a good thing that Apple isn't a monopoly, then. People have the freedom of choice, rather than buying into your distopian view of the world, where one has to overspend one's money on two devices to get a feature. And two overpriced devices at that.

  • Report this Comment On February 21, 2014, at 11:43 AM, fly75 wrote:

    "Give MacBook users more input options, presumably via an interactive touchscreen aided by sensors implanted along the base and bezel of the computer."

    You may be jumping to the wrong conclusion about this patent. Apple Insider believes this patent is about making the laptop frame touch sensitive reducing the need for physical buttons, rather than the hybrid touchscreen you suggest.

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Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at or send email to For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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