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When is iMac desktop with touch screen launching?

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  • killhippie Calculating status...

    Considering the lack of sales of both Windows 8 and the surface I cant see Apple has anything to worry about, they have the iPad for touch screen, also two distinct operating systems iOS and OS X and as Tim Cook has said recently they will both remain separate operating systems. If you want touch get a trackpad, making your arm ache and your monitor covered in finger prints is not my idea of fun.

  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,475 points)
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    Dec 8, 2012 7:44 AM (in response to babowa)

    babowa wrote:

     

    Now, if one were to embed an iMac into the top of their desk, maybe with the screen at a slight (like 10 or 15 degree) rising angle front to back, that could be useful.

     

    YES! Now that is an absolutely brillant idea! I'd be first in line to buy that - it could be sort of a stationary version of the Modbook (which apparently never made it big, probably because of the price, but apparently still available at OWC):

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Modbook

    even the best lcd's changes when the horizontal angle become very low so in a desk it would be very very very bight bordering to white

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)

    I'm waiting for an apple touch screen PC.

     

    Even if you paid me to use it and gave it to me for free I wouldn't want it.

     

    I own an iPhone, iPad and several Macintoshes.  I can work 10 times faster with a mouse and keyboard than with any touch screen.

  • Darkseed79 Calculating status...

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions on the matter.  I have a Macbook Pro 17", iPhone 4s, iPad Gen 2, and a Lenovo Yoga 13".  Sadly, when I first started using my Macbook Pro, after getting my iPad, I noticed I would reach up to the screen to try to control objects.  I kept forgetting that I wasn't using my iPad.  So now, I spend more time controlling my Macbook Pro from my iPad using Splashtop.  I really dislike the size of the screen, but it makes things 10 times easier. 

     

    That's when I started looking at the Lenovo Yoga and all I can say is, "Wow, when is Apple going to come out with something like this."  However, I want a larger screen.  I like desktop real estate.  I bought one of these mainly since I need Windows for work and the deployability of this platform makes it a better choice, in my opinion.  If Apple followed suit with Lenovo, I would gladly put mine on Craiglist/Ebay and buy the Apple and add Windows through Boot Camp.

     

    I have also used the HP Envy TouchSmarts and although I haven't been impressed with the Windows OS, I am seriously giving it some thought since I find myself being able to move around the OS much faster than with just a keyboard and mouse.

     

    It's not always about ergonomics, though that does need to be considered, it is also about ease of use.  The touch screen would definately offer that.  As it stands right now, there isn't a perfect option for me out there right now, so I will adapt to the tools that I have available to me.

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  • kiwiappleman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 17, 2013 2:44 AM (in response to Darkseed79)

    Apple is loosing it.  Windows 8 is empowering some cool machines like the Levono Yoga and others. 

     

    I love my ipad, but its really a cell phone with a big (ish) screen.  No common file operating systems, poor conenctivity (I've resorted to dop box as its the easiest and does not lock me into the cloud) and cut down APs.  No USB or wired printer conectivity.  Limited storage capacity.  Great toy but not a computer.

     

    Power books are heavy bulky and locked into the old world of key board and track pad or mouse. 

     

    Give me a flip back PC that I can write on with a stylus and browse interactively and then flip back and type with an integrated or bluetooth or wifi key board.  Full common file operating system and capacity. 

     

    Splash top is a weak alternative.

     

    I've been loyal to Apple for a very very long time, but.. Apple you are loosing it.  The latest Windows 8 touch devices are better.

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  • a.goodwin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wired connectivity? Seriously?? With any number of apps and cloud services to choose from there's no reason you should need a USB/printer port on an iPad - or any other tablet for that matter.

    Bluetooth connectivity for external keyboards is already there.

    Stylus, what?? And you complain that PowerBooks are old school??

    Limited storage capacity?? Cloud or you're doing it wrong. An iPad isn't a media center, you shouldn't need to be storing ALL your photos, films or music on it.

  • kiwiappleman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 17, 2013 1:41 PM (in response to a.goodwin)

    Missed the point a.goodwin.

     

    The cheapest printers still connect with USB cables.  Mine are on my LAN.  Not so others.  So it can be helpful when roaming to just plug into someone's entry level laser.

     

    USB is still the quickest way to hand a file to someone.  Most people, including students - arguably the cuting edge, still carry one and use them as much as wireless transfer.

     

    Stylus.  I review and mark up a lot of .pdf documents as part of my work. Not sure what you call them but I use a Bamboo ipad wrting device or equivalent all the time when working.  It provides way more accurate underlining, highlighting and writen text on my documents than my finger.  I see many others woring with htem too or using them to scroll documents at meetings.  Interesting that at a conference yesterday, every give away pen had an ipad pad on the end.  Yes the (new Aple style) stylus is back. If you don't use one you aren't really using an ipad as a serious tool.

     

    Storing media.  Umm you are talking about using an ipad as a toy again.  I'm talking about using proper tools for productive work.  I store many documents carefully filed, years of email, carefuly filed.  Historical work. research.  Buying 250-300 gig of cloud storage still costs a bit in my part of the world.  Then the are issues around security (a lot of buisnesses were screwed whem mega got shut down) and of course travel.

     

    And finally back to media.  Actually I like to watch my extensive range if music videos and movies (paid for through iTunes) when travelling.  I usually work on my ipad on the way to a meeting and relaxing with media on the way home. And that is not really an issue for me  Storage is fine for this purpose.

     

    a.goodwin, you are still thinking about devices as being toys.  Give me a light PC with touch screen and a bambo stylus to travel and work with any day of the week.  As much as I am loyal to Apple ad hate MS, MS have got ahead on this one.

  • kiwiappleman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just re-read, excuse typos.  I was in a big hurry...

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,375 points)

    kiwiappleman wrote:

     

    USB is still the quickest way to hand a file to someone.  Most people, including students - arguably the cuting edge, still carry one and use them as much as wireless transfer.

    Only if they're in the same building, kind of a limited view you've got there.

  • kiwiappleman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 17, 2013 5:10 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Agree.

     

    And a lot of people carry disk drives to each other's houses cos memory sticks are too small.  They still plug in USB or firewire. 

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,375 points)

    My clients may well be on another continent, that method has far too many limitations (especially transit time) bearing in mind I can sync changes over the net within minutes.

  • a.goodwin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    kiwiappleman wrote:

     

    Missed the point a.goodwin.

     

    The cheapest printers still connect with USB cables.  Mine are on my LAN.  Not so others.  So it can be helpful when roaming to just plug into someone's entry level laser.

    Nah... you're missing the point. Apple has always been about innovation and advancement of technology while others struggle with trying to appease backwards compatability. Remember the first iMac?? Dropped the 3.5 inch diskettes. People coped and adapted. The problem here lies with the printers being out of date and your expections skewed.
    And lets face it - *printing*?? Send a digital document via email or a coud service.

     

    Storing media.  Umm you are talking about using an ipad as a toy again.  I'm talking about using proper tools for productive work.  I store many documents carefully filed, years of email, carefuly filed.  Historical work. research.  Buying 250-300 gig of cloud storage still costs a bit in my part of the world.  Then the are issues around security (a lot of buisnesses were screwed whem mega got shut down) and of course travel.

     

    Nope, I'm talking about using the iPad for prductivity within the bounds of what it's designed for. Are you seriously telling me that you need 250-300 GB of documents?? I have a 25 GB SkyDrive which I use daily for work and that's not even full with documents. And of the total data I have on it there's maybe 1/3 archived (zipped) data.
    Most businesses using fileshares still have individual quotas for their users which don't even stretch into double figures in GB.

     

    Anyway... tha basic point it is, the iPad is not currently and probably won't be in the near future a replacement for a desktop/laptop for some users and types of work. In my current job as an IT consultant I'd never be able to use an iPad as a laptop replacement. I don't try and when using an iPad I manage my expectations accordingly.

  • kiwiappleman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 21, 2013 2:02 PM (in response to a.goodwin)

    Hey I can't disagree with most of what you say.  My 225 gig includes media and years of work.  I would love to have an Apple Air that I can fold the screen back and use it the same way that I use an iPad, then reverse and have a PC, decent storage, IOs and most importantly a common file operating system.

     

    Samsung provides that today, in a very nice package, as do others.  Only draw back is windows.

     

    Apple tradionally leads.  Not so currently.  The iphone 5 was a bit of a disappointment, the new ipad Retina a non event.  The Mini iPad is cool but others got there first, albeit with Android, so not exactly leading at all, just a bit cooler with less IOs.  

     

    MS and a range of suppliers like Samsung have taken a march on Apple with Windoes 8 and full capacity  touch screen laptops.  Apple has played with voice control, is testing eye projection and we will see an iWatch. Remember the watch calculators.  Cool gadget, but unusable. 

     

    Touch is the next thing in personal computing.  Apple is not leading and will need to play catch up.

     

    I am a long term Apple biggot.  I am disappointed, they are behind.  They either took the wrong bets or got greedy selling their users a laptop and a tablet and a phone.  They are not leading personal computing.

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