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More and more often, I’ll reach out and touch my iMac’s display, only to remember that no, it isn’t like my iPad, and touching the screen accomplishes nothing besides fingerprints. That may change soon, if a new report by DigiTimes proves accurate.

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More and more often, I’ll reach out and touch my iMac’s display, only to remember that no, it isn’t like my iPad, and touching the screen accomplishes nothing besides fingerprints. That may change soon, if a new report by DigiTimes proves accurate.

The new report is in keeping with earlier supplier news coming from DigiTimes, and states that Sintek Photronics, which had formerly been cited as the company Apple chose to provide the touchscreen panels for the new iMac, has sent samples of the hardware to be used for testing purposes. Apple will reportedly be incorporating the batch of panels into the latest version of the iMac, presumably as a step toward introducing them in production models for wide release.

The production of touchscreens exceeding 20-inches is highly specialized, and Sintek is one of the few companies out there with the expertise needed, so it makes sense that Apple would tap them for this project. Among the drawbacks of large touchscreens housed behind glass is diminished brightness capacity. On the plus side, good viewing angles are possible, and the displays should be anymore hefty with touchscreen tech built-in.

Now despite my tendency to touch my desktop’s screen absent-mindedly on occasion, I’m on record as being not all that interested in a touchscreen iMac, at least not with OS X. I’ve since had the opportunity to use my iPad as an additional monitor thanks to AirDisplay, and that only reinforced my original opinion. The Magic Trackpad is also a new introduction since that piece, and I actually really enjoy using it with my iMac, but it’s a far cry from a touchscreen.

If Apple provides an experience designed from the ground up for touch on the iMac, both in terms of hardware and software, then I’m in. Otherwise, it’s just another expensive, extraneous feature that adds to the cost of an already fairly pricey machine.

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  1. haha i try and touch my macbook air screen all the time…
    hopefully this is sooner than later but im sure in the next few years all of our screens will be touch as well as how they operate today.

  2. This won’t happen, ever. I’ll say what I always say to posts like this: follow your mouse pointer with your finger on screen when working on your iMac, and/or touch the mouse pointer when you click the mouse. How long until your arm hurts?

    1. That’s true.. my arm was hurting after 2 minutes..

    2. Apple has recently filed a patent for that purpose. It should be possible to rotate your iMac display so that you can rest your hands on it while touching it.

  3. Apple has already worked out the mechanics of desktop computer being controlled by touch KsBJa and Toomuch, so don’t you worry your pretty little heads about it.

    In an upright position it’s your traditional desktop with mouse pointer. Pull it down and towards you and the ui zooms in on the foreground application whose controls enlarge to finger size proportions. In this position the iMac is more like a designers drafting desk.

    Don’t believe me, search http://www.patentlyapple.com for touch iMac and you’ll see what I mean.

    Mike

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