For Mac OS or Windows? Multi-touch displays in production

According to reports from Stuff.tv, following a recent visit to one of LG's display factories, it appears that LG is preparing to ship multi-touch screens. There are rumors arising that the displays are for Apple and a future multi-touch iMac.

Apple has stated quite clearly that multi-touch will not be a feature available on their desktop or notebook line in the near future, yet the rumor mill still brewed and with the discovery of these LG screens, is brewing further.

It is also possible that these displays could be LCDs for the upcoming Windows 7 release or merely displays for manufacturers other than Apple.

Hewellet-Packard was the first company to release a multi-touch desktop with their TouchSmart series, which boast better hardware than current iMacs plus the touch capability at a better price/performance ratio.

Apple fans will have to wait until the upcoming MacWorld Expo in January to see if multi-touch will be included with Snow Leopard and Apple was just 'being mysterious'. Until then, it is not expected that the rumors of the multi-touch iMac will subside.

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Why would I want my hand in the way of my vision? Just make an identical sized pad for our hands, rather than fingerprint-ing up the screen, and trying to see around our own hands.

Touch-screens, for the most part, just sound like technology for technology's sake to me.

Interesting, I wouldn't be surprised if Snow Leopard does support multi-touch though. It would be a good way to steal some thunder from MS and not to mention Apple could boast in the ad campaign for Snow Leopard, they did multi-touch first (even though technically they didn't, I'm sure people know what I mean though).

To Apple saying they definitely won't be doing it, how many times have MS said they are definitely not doing something, when (secretly) they really are? Apple will be no different I suspect. Apple have proven (with the Touch/iPhone) they know how to make an OS work well with multi-touch, extending that to a desktop OS is not that much of a jump, not really. Just my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

might be a stupid question, but im curious to how a comp will know ur using a touchscreen monitor, i mean will it just plug in a normal dvi socket on a gfx card, or will it have an extra cable like usb or something to carry the "touch information" or will we need new gfx cards?

Easy, DisplayPort would handle that problem no worries. For legacy systems (i.e. DVI/VGA) a serial/USB connection will be required.

From what I read, Windows 7 will have this capability. All you need is a touch screen monitor. I dont see a good use for this other than for an information/kiosk system.

I tried the HP Touchsmart and quickly noticed that Vista is not ideal for touch screen. The user interface would have to be different, with bigger buttons not necessarily located in the corner where it's more difficult to touch. In the Touchsmart's case it didn't help that the screen was recessed.

I also felt that using a 20" touchscreen was rather fatigueing so there may be life still left in the ol' mouse&keyboard...

So the following facts are known:
1. Microsoft is preparing, and has announced, a multi-touch OS for 2009/10.
2. LG is preparing multi-touch screens.
3. Apple has announced that it has no multi-touch plans.

From these facts, and these alone, the article-writer has concluded that the screens are for Macs. Personally, I can't see the logical leap here, though for those that make the errant assumption that Apple will always be first with new technology, I can imagine why they would get excited.

Am I alone in thinking that an A4 size(ish) iPhone style laptop would be nice? I know this is just the old Tablet PC design, which was way ahead of its time and technology, but is definitely something that could be made (and, more importantly, sold) now.
If it had wireless on board it could easily sync up with mice and keyboards - just have a latch on the back so it stays upright in either portrait or landscape mode.

Most improtantly it would look like the PADD's from Star Trek which would greatly please my inner geek!

Pygmy_Hippo said,
Am I alone in thinking that an A4 size(ish) iPhone style laptop would be nice? I know this is just the old Tablet PC design, which was way ahead of its time and technology, but is definitely something that could be made (and, more importantly, sold) now.
If it had wireless on board it could easily sync up with mice and keyboards - just have a latch on the back so it stays upright in either portrait or landscape mode.

Most improtantly it would look like the PADD's from Star Trek which would greatly please my inner geek! :)

So a tablet PC then... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tablet_PC

A proper tabletpc (at least those with Wacom interface) is completely different to a touch screen notebook.

The "tiny" difference between a tabletpc and a touchscreen is in tabletpc you are not losing your mouse pointer, so you can move your mouse cursor without touching the screen, instead a touchscreen you are losing it, rendering impossible to do several task (for example to play fps games).

Won't be happening on desktops widely anytime soon, however having the ability will be cool i guess for some things for some people but definitely not power users or gamers.

Digix said,
Won't be happening on desktops widely anytime soon, however having the ability will be cool i guess for some things for some people but definitely not power users or gamers.


Agreed.