Analyst: Apple developing ‘mega-platform’ based on multi-touch technology

“Financial experts at UBS Investment Research say they believe Apple Inc. is developing a ‘mega-platform’ based around its recently introduced multi-touch display technology that will facilitate broad growth opportunities through an assortment of future products,” Slash Lane reports for AppleInsider.

Lane reports, “In a research note issued Tuesday, analyst Ben Reitzes encouraged his clients to look past the minute details of the initial iPhone and focus on the power that lies in the ‘unannounced’ multi-touch ecosystem that will eventually find its way into several products across the company’s product portfolio. ‘We believe this ‘Mega-Platform’ could help Apple become an ‘open-ended’ growth story once again with a logical chronology of new products for years to come,’ the analyst wrote.”

“The UBS analyst said he expects the new platform to become prevalent in each of the consumer electronics maker’s major hardware products within 3-5 years, possibly sparking touchscreen Macs later this holiday season or sometime in 2008. Among his expectations are touch-screen iMacs, as well as ‘tablet-like’ notebook devices that provide basic computing without the need for a keyboard or stylus if the user desires to keep the device closed,” Lane reports.

More in the full article here.

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32 Comments

  1. Apple will soon leave the PC world far behind. The dark ages will finally be over and we can leave these 30 year old technologies behind. i.e. the mouse and the current GUI. Finally! Think where we might be now if Job’s vision had not been derailed in the 1980’s!

  2. DUH!!

    Where do these anal-ists come from?

    Everyone knows about the pioneering touch screen technology and software created by MIT.

    Everyone knows Apple, especially Steve Jobs, finds anything “cool” someone created and incorporate it into products to sell.

    1: Xerox Parc (GUI and mouse)

    2: iPod (created by a engineer and brought idea to Apple)

    3: iTunes Visuals (done by a third party)

    4: CoverFlow (ditto above)

    5: MIT touch screen techology (notice two fingers needed to enlarge a photo? That’s the same MIT tech)

    Now all you need to do is find something “cool” and have Apple buy you out. Live rich forever and ever.

    Unless your Anna Nicole and walk around sick and ignore it.

  3. Uuggghh… Imagine all of those nasty kids sticky fingers all over the gorgeous screen of your 24inch iMac!!!

    I guess you would need to have a box of wipes on every mac users desk from that time forward.

    Sounds pretty cool though…

    MDN word “level”
    as in Apple are going to take computing to the next level and leave MS further behind.

  4. All I can think of is that movie with Tom Cruise where he is interacting with a screen-less computer by moving icons and windows with his fingers…

    I can’t think of the name of the movie though…

  5. The movie was “Minority Report.”

    Also,

    “I guess you would need to have a box of wipes on every mac users desk from that time forward.”

    Don’t worry; Apple will introduce the “iWipe” and sell millions.

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