RUMOR: Apple prepping Multi-Touch™ touchscreen iMac

“Here in Korea, LG’s just given me a quick look inside one of their factories,” Joe M. reports for Stuff.tv in a breif article formong the basis for conjecture around the “Mac Web” today.

“LG is working on a full multitouch display for computers. Now that might sound so so, but seeing as the Korean giant makes the panels for iMacs, it actually points to something far bigger – a multitouch Mac,” Joe M. reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Sounds a bit specious to us. Carl Lewis would have dificulty making the leap from LG producing touchscreens to Apple using them in iMacs. We need more evidence than what we see here. Deploy the salt.

FYI: The results of out MacBook-centric online poll “Where should Multi-Touch be located?” taken last week were:
• On screen only when trackpad is not present on device – 32%
• On both, but I prefer trackpad – 32%
• On both, but I prefer screen – 13%
• On docked iPhone and iPod touch (in place of removable MacBook trackpad) – 8%
• Not sure – 7%
• Nowhere, I prefer a mouse or other single-touch input device – 6%
• On screens only, never on trackpads – 2%
1,118 total votes

46 Comments

  1. Rumors like this contribute to Apple shares falling.

    Everyone gets all hot and bothered while anticipating some announcement like this, and then when Macworld comes around and there’s no multi-touch iMacs (at least not on the screen), then the stock drops 10 percent.

    I’m intrigued by touchscreen iMacs, but I think Apple will come to the market with a multi-touch keyboard before it takes the easy the way out with a touchscreen. Face it, if Apple wanted to do touchscreens on the iMac, they’d have done it by now.

  2. The only touch screen anything come down the pipe should be a touch pad ( mouse, trak pad) and then the touch keyboard/pad. Apple isn’t putting out a touch display because it 1. isn’t practical. 2. Just because people might think they want it, doesn’t mean they do. Apple is fairly accurate in bringing out products that people realize are great, and that they themselves hadn’t realized they wanted until Apple gave it to them. Mouse, Click Wheel, iPhone/Touch.

    And don’t give me the ” Who invented it crap” It always comes down to who markets the said product best, not first, but best.

  3. It seems obvious to me where Apple is headed… Think about it. They just went through a bunch of work to make the touch pad on the new Macbooks glide smoothly and be smear-proof…they went out of their way to tell us that it was made of glass–of all things! They just put glass monitors on all their Macbooks (and I guess iMacs too) and everyone complains about the glare. Seems to me, they are evolving the newly developed techniques with glass touch pads into touch screens. Why else would they make the touch pad out of glass?!
    No one seems to mind fingerprints on their iPhone…. Steve also said once that no one wants to watch movies on a small iPod screen…and then they change the world with the video iPod. Steve is playing around with your minds, but dropping clues everywhere.
    Maybe I’m way off, but I’m confident enough to wait on the upgrade of my 1st gen Mac Mini until the “Touchbook” comes out.

  4. there was no screen to touch.

    wireless gestures the are read by the idight camera are in the works.

    post snow lepard …. till then gesture mouse pad thing 2009 for new towers and imac optional. but end game is simple geture control without touch the screen ……..

    opps here come steve ………..cupertino underground ….. routing ip to NYC untracable

    jason

  5. Not going to happen.
    On a side note: I wonder if any of the patents that Apple has relate to “entire surface/pad clicks” type of thing? If so, what type of Venn Diagram do you get with a Blackberry Drizzle?

    What would you do if you could say “Stop That!”?
    Or would you just take the royalty money because there is no credible threat?

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