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salimfromgta Level 1 (0 points)

Can someone please tell when the new iMac touch be launched? Thanks!


iMac, Windows 7
  • D. Shamburger Level 1 (140 points)

    Apple is not ever going to make an (as we currently know them) iMac with a touchscreen. The closest you can get to that is the Magic Trackpad (http://www.apple.com/magictrackpad/).

  • Don Archibald Level 10 (101,340 points)

    Folk who respond in these forums are other users, not Apple employees. Apple seldom-to-never announces features in advance of releasing new models. For that matter, Apple almost never announces in advance when they are going to release a new model computer.

     

    Those Apple employees who do know the real answer to that question are prohibited from speaking about it.

     

    So, the clinical answer to your question is, it'll happen when it happens, if at all.

  • pvonk Level 6 (13,722 points)

    I hope never. I can't even imagine moving my hands from the keyboard to a mouse to a vertical screen.

  • Don Archibald Level 10 (101,340 points)

    Agreed.

     

    Just raise your arm and point to the middle of the screen and hold it there for 10 seconds. Then imagine doing that a few hundred times at a sitting. Ouch. Probably could result in something like tennis-shoulder, if such existed.

     

    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.

  • babowa Level 7 (29,930 points)

    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

  • shorthoppers Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a patent filed in Europe by Apple for a touchscreen (http://www.wipo.int/patentscope/search/en/WO2010006210)

     

    I will say however, I am excited for a touchscreen as it is a great feature for young kids to acess computing before they can use a mouse.  And even better as we have seen for the iPad great for individuals with disabilities.

  • johnfromindian trail Level 1 (0 points)

    It would be a challenge but moving i/o, power etc to the base and being able to transition from vertical screen to horizontal or any comfortable angle in between would be great.

     

    I currently use an applciation which I can only get in the other environment which has multiple user selected windows on the screen which display input, data collection, control functions for external equipment etc. Moving data from one window to another is currently performed using a mouse and keyboard. Being able to perform these operations using a touch screen would be so much more ergonomically pleasing than the uncomfortable position required for using mouse and keyboard.

     

    Apple has great design guidelines for human interface but why not look at the issue from the view of Human Compatible Interface using sight, sound and touch.

     

    Keyboards and mice are great for office tasks, programming and we have developed many new human interface devices for gaming so why not provide a touch screen that is provides interface that is useable for applications that simplify the movement of data, creating art, editing photo graphs and video.

  • a.goodwin Level 1 (0 points)

    pvonk wrote:

     

    I hope never. I can't even imagine moving my hands from the keyboard to a mouse to a vertical screen.

     

    You're missing the point, it won't be used as touchscreen in the vertical position. You would 'recline' the screen to activate touch mode. Normal vertical use would continue to be via keyboard/mouse.

     

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/23/apple-patent-unearthed-for-touchscreen-macs-t hat-can-flip-betwee/

     

    Essentailly this would be the transition to future purely touchscreen devices with aditional voice control. Lets face it, the traditional keyboard/mouse interface is 30 years old and on the way out.

  • Eric Fauque Level 3 (985 points)

    A iMac can be turned into a touch screen easily by adding a touch overlay like this one

    http://www.trolltouch.com/page4/products.html

    It's not cheap, but it is a simple thing to do.

    I have done this this many times on some Macs and on some larger LCD or plasma monitors.

  • kylewking Level 1 (0 points)

    How out of shape do you have to be to where a touchscreen in front of you will make your arms hurt from use.... I think its a great idea and I hope to see it in the near future a great many windows all in ones have that option so why not the iMac?

  • babowa Level 7 (29,930 points)

    According to the terms of use for these forums, we are not allowed to speculate on Apple policies or products.

     

    Besides, it seems you've never heard of ergonomics?

  • kiwiappleman Level 1 (0 points)

    Agree with question.  Just used the new Sony Vio with a touch screen and it is great.  Better than an ipad as it has a full file operating systemand connectivity.  Can't agree less with comments.  I'm waiting for an apple touch screen PC.  touch screen flat on desk with a large mirror display in front.  Just like the movies.  Mac is now behind MS, Sony and Samsung.  Hasn't happened for a long time.

  • kiwiappleman Level 1 (0 points)

    Missed the point .  See my reply and others below.  Can't wait.

  • kiwiappleman Level 1 (0 points)

    Disagree.  If they do not they will get rashe din the market.  MS Windows 8 is quite cool and Mac has to respond.

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