Julien Roullier wrote:
2 hands and 10 fingers is much better and faster than a mouse or a trackpad. Apple is missing the point on their computer. I used to like mac computers for their reliability, but now that windows is touchable, it makes look mac os x oldish to use. Mac OS X seems 20th century computers to me now.
I don't think so.
I guess you are not any type of digital designer, illustrator, painter or engineer.
Trying to accurately layout type and images in a page layout program fine level drawing /painting, fine editing of images is NOT very easily or efficienlty done using a touch screen and large fingers.
And I wouldn't want to have to keep moving my hands from mouse/trackpad/pen tablet to the screen to constantly pick UI elements onscreen.
Plus, never mind all of the fingers prints all over on my nice large 27 inch color calibrated screen.
Touch based PCs are fun to use and i would love to have OSX on touch....but i really hate Windows 8! i got it on my Dell Inspiron 15Z Ultrabook and it is the worst OS ever made. I have a 250GB SSD pre installed and as soon as it exceeds 200 GB of used space it slows down to such an extent that my old iPhone 3G boots up faster than the Ultrabook! ( Usually when under 200GB the UB takes 6 Seconds to boot up )
Wow, I know this is old.. But the opinons on iMac touch is really negative..
I can see from a developer/writer/etc point of view that touch does not give a fast enough workflow.. Agreed, but then just dont use it..
Imagin having a little store having an iMac for customers to check out your products would be sweet !
Dont be so narrow minded, iMac touch will come eventually.. And it has so many posibilities!
I hope this happens soon, but I wonder what features already exist in OSX for external touchscreen monitors?
I have a usb external monitor connected to my iMac hanging over my piano's music stand, and a (cough, android) tablet to the left that controls Logic. What I'd give for the ability to touch buttons on the piano's screen... I keep finding myself going to touch the screen like I do on the tablet. The work flow I want to happen feels absolutely natural.
I'm also an application developer, and there are plenty of cases where it would be fantastic to work with my apps directly on the iMac monitor without getting it grubby.. I think the beautiful shiny gloss would have to go though. (Nooooooo! Maybe that's why Apple hasn't gone down that path yet.)
The way I see it is this. Apple has the technology to create a touchscreen iMac or Macbook if they wished to. This begs the question of 'Well, why not?'. There is the option that Apple doesn't believe it would make them money. (Although, if they read this or a number of other chats I believe they would say differently). Or, they could be doing what they did with the iPhone.
You see, when Apple introduced the world to the iPhone, Nokia, Bellsouth, and Blackberry already had touchscreen phones or PDAs on the market. But hardly anyone saw them as something to go crazy over. They all still somehow resembled their boring predecessors. But, in 2007 when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone for the first time, the world's media went nuts. Most were DYING to get their hands on an iphone and many people were so blindsided by the shiny new mini-computer that the 'true original touchscreen phones' were forgotten. If you asked someone who came out with the first touchscreen phone, many would say Apple.
My guess is with this new idea of touchscreen iMacs and MacBooks is that Apple is playing the same card they did with the iPhone. Let the other companies come out with thier prototypes and not-yet-perfected models while Apple sits back, perfects their product until they absolutely have to have user feedback, and THEN they release it to the Market.
So, if you were to ask when it is to come out (if my guess is correct) I couldn't do more than give you my advice:
-Watch WWDC 2014
-Watch Apple's fall conference/ convention
-Watch WWDC 2015
These are the times Apple is MOST LIKELY to release any new products such as a touchscreen iMac. This is purely based on their recent history of unveiling products. Good luck and I hope this makes the issue a little clearer than clear as mud!