Apple to launch 22" touchscreen iMac?

Information has surfaced that Apple may be working on a 22in touchscreen iMac.  The information,  according to digitimes.com, claims that the new product will be released sometime during 2010 with the product being produced by Quanta and the touchscreen panels being supplied by Sintek Photronic.

The idea of a touchscreen iMac does not seem that far fetched.  With the possible tablet announcement, as early as next week, Apple would already have built a touch based interface.  It could be possible that Apple would port the tablet’s interface and gestures into a home based Mac product.

The only far fetched idea is that Apple would create a new size casing for the touchscreen iMac.  Why wouldn’t Apple use the already designed 21.5 inch model case and add in the touchscreen panel?  One logical conclusion may be that Apple has a newly desgined case for the touchscreen iMac as typically touchscreen based computers are not used in the same manner as typical keyboard and mouse based computers.

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I see touch screens being useful for portable devices...stuff people use while they are on their feet.

This doesn't seem very useful to me, really. Maybe I'll be surprised. But I can't think of a good application for this. Its a nice feature, but not one I would spend a lot of money for.

I have a touch screen on my PC a 22" Packardbell, yes you get fingerprints, but most screens get bits, sneezes, coughs etc, I always wiped my other screens once a week, do the same now, by the way all the programs I have on my PC Windows 7 work with touch, all the "buttons" ect work with touch, copy/paste, all that kind of stuff. J

What the hell are they going to do with a touchscreen, they have no programs made for it. Another useless crap (for them) they add. Is not like the OS will run iPhone/iPod applications, or maybe they can?

day2die said,
Before you know it, Apple would rip multi-touch from Windows 7 and claim that Microsoft is a copycat.

I am a mac user but even i Know that IBM starting making touch screens in the 60's

Phantom Helix said,

I am a mac user but even i Know that IBM starting making touch screens in the 60's

The point's not who was the first to make a touch screen, but who was the first to implement multi-touch into their desktop OS.

Omen1393 said,
How Innovative.....

Why is that, touch screens have been around for quite a few years.

Oh! your are crackin' a funny.

Pam14160 said,

Why is that, touch screens have been around for quite a few years.

Oh! your are crackin' a funny.

Should have used the sarcastic punctuation mark. Then there wouldn't be any confusion.

protocol7 said,
mmm fingerprints

. . .thinking the same thing. Was testing one of the HP touch screens, and noticed this very problem.

protocol7 said,
mmm fingerprints

mmm having to keep raising your hand to interact with the UI

That would get old fast, and I'm saying this as a Mac fan.

Moving your mouse four inches to travel across a 24" screen sounds like a genius device in comparison. I don't think this will take off, if true. Yes, some early quick sales from the excitement factor, but I think it'll slow down fast.

Edited by Northgrove, Jan 19 2010, 2:26pm :

Jugalator said,

mmm having to keep raising your hand to interact with the UI

That would get old fast, and I'm saying this as a Mac fan.

Moving your mouse four inches to travel across a 24" screen sounds like a genius device in comparison. I don't think this will take off, if true. Yes, some early quick sales from the excitement factor, but I think it'll slow down fast.


I'd have to agree 100% with that. Touchscreen makes sense with tablet/slates/phones but computers and laptops seem a bad idea. I was looking at some touchscreen laptops in a shop and the touchscreen was impossible to use as the screen rocked when you tapped it. As for a desktop, I can see it getting painful after a few minutes on a large screen.

Shaun_ said,
I would hope the stand would be a sturdy one.

The current stands are extremely sturdy, perfectly balanced and made out of solid aluminum O.o

Phantom Helix said,

The current stands are extremely sturdy, perfectly balanced and made out of solid aluminum O.o

I wouldn't agree with that. If you play with all the angles, it seems it cannot support the iMac. But the imac is horizontal when the stand can't support it anymore...

I noticed when I took my 27" out of its box. My 24" had a better balance in overall.

Dell's studio One is the closest Windows PC equivalent and when I've tried one out I didn't notice any balance problems while using the touch capabilities. Since Apple generally does fantastic work on the industrial design front, I doubt there will be any problems.

Webbster said,
Dell's studio One is the closest Windows PC equivalent and when I've tried one out I didn't notice any balance problems while using the touch capabilities. Since Apple generally does fantastic work on the industrial design front, I doubt there will be any problems.

HP makes a touch screen also; not sure, albeit I thank it is out selling the Dell.