not even apple uses them. I’d like to sometimes point and click on my linux machine. With my finger. What’s wrong with that, it seems to work well on all the smartphones out there.

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For Apple specifically, it’s because it would cannibalize the sales of the iPad. They’ve pretty much got the tablet market cornered, the iPad is considered the only “good” tablet nowadays and by far the best selling, and they’re NOT giving that up. They’ll gladly let you sync your iPad to your Macbook to get a similar effect as having a direct touchscreen input though! How nice of them!

Well if you want touchscreens for doing stuff quick, keyboard shortcuts do the trick even better than touchscreens in my opinion.

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Because on a laptop, where you are going to use the keyboard, it’s just easier to use a mouse. Raising your arms to touch the screen is less ergonomic than just reaching for a mouse or trackpad.

As I see it, touch screens are not the best thing for productivity. If you have to keep your hands raised in the air for a long time, you will get tired. Unlike having to rest on the table or keyboard.

So even if you add a touchscreen to a laptop, you won’t use it much so it is smarter not to put it in the first places. Smartphone and tablets are not productivity tools. You use them with too fingers at most, for mostly consuming media or casual chats on the smartphone.

I am not sure you can comfortably do programming work or some heavy excel editing or whatever exclusively on touch screen (hands raised in the air and/or extreme hunchback)

At previous place of work, they provided dell XPS with touchscreens or convertibles to executves and directors. I rarely seen them use the touchscreen while working even if they knew of the feature. It was mostly occasional scrolling, clicking the start menu, or minor things like that.

I also guess that there isn’t a sufficiently high demand for it.

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I’ve been coding the site you’re using for the last year or so on an android tablet. They’re fine for productivity.

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whoa

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It works fine too, I can work in a lot more spaces without a mouse (like just a tiny lap desk). I can and do code outdoors a lot because of the smart screen brightness adjustment android has.

What is your setup?

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Android tablet, current one is a xiaomi pad 5. Portable bluetooth keyboard. Strong phone / tablet stand from amazon.

Since I code remote, all I need to do that is termux, and occasionally bvnc for android dev, since they force you to use android studio ide. I have the vim plugin there tho, so a mouse isn’t necessary.

OK, so you basically use the keyboard to type code, not via touchscreen? Am I correct?

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Yeah, I have a bluetooth keyboard.

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