Hybrid (Touch) Displays from Apple?

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LoopRumors claims that Apple is in the early stages of developing "a new hybrid display"
This new display is supposedly capable of two different methods of inputs; electronic and physical. The displays will be unlike traditional offerings where the screen only shows what the keyboard and mouse tell it, but will also be interactive, like Apple's iPhone. Users will be able to 'touch' the screen to input and control information on the display.
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xUKHCx

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I stop reading Loop rumors a long time ago because the weren't very accurate, how has their record been lately.
 

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Regardless of the source of this rumor, I think it is highly probably that Apple is indeed working on this type of technology in one form or another. It's a logical technological progression in my mind. I think the iPhone is only the beginning of multi-touch technology and in a few years we will see it being deployed across all of Apple's offerings. The technology of Minority Report is not that far away! ;) :cool:
 

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haha

Regardless of the source of this rumor, I think it is highly probably that Apple is indeed working on this type of technology in one form or another. It's a logical technological progression in my mind. I think the iPhone is only the beginning of multi-touch technology and in a few years we will see it being deployed across all of Apple's offerings. The technology of Minority Report is not that far away! ;) :cool:
hehe... good ol' minority report. We always joke around the office about how tired we would get if we had to edit our commercials standing up and moving our arms like crazy! lol
 

Lepton

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Multi-touch displays and iMacs, Leopard support

I've been saying this here all year, it makes perfect sense. A line of displays with multi-touch capability. The display could be moved from vertical to almost horizontal. And, iMacs with multi-touch, also able to go almost horizontal. And of course, multi-touch built into Leopard.

Why do you think there have been no display updates for so very, very long?
 

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hehe... good ol' minority report. We always joke around the office about how tired we would get if we had to edit our commercials standing up and moving our arms like crazy! lol
You'd definitely build up stronger arm muscles though! Just as the Wii is turning video games from a more passive physical activity to an active one, perhaps general computing will follow suit! :p ;) :D
 

reallynotnick

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Wait are you telling me Apple is developing the long lusted after touchscreen that also is compatible with a keyboard! I mean I never thought we would have the technology to do both at once but Apple never ceases to amaze me. :rolleyes:
 

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hehe... good ol' minority report. We always joke around the office about how tired we would get if we had to edit our commercials standing up and moving our arms like crazy! lol
You know, the way that computers make everything so easy is not necessarily a good thing. Back when we had typewriters that required a degree of strength to press the keys down, there was no carpal-tunnel. It was the advent of the light touch keyboard that introduced that problem. And do you really believe that we were designed (euphemistically speaking) to sit in front of a computer all day, barely moving a muscle? No, we were designed to be out on the plains, running, digging, climbing, etc. So, adding a little required exercise to the daily grind is never, from my perspective, a bad thing.

Of course, we also seem to try to be as lazy as possible, so I doubt it would really catch on. Oh well.
 

plumbingandtech

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Lol!

I like how "ground-breaking" they make the new display sound. "Users will be able to 'touch' the screen to input and control information on the display." I remember being able to "touch" a screen 10 years ago at Taco Bell using the self-ordering machines in line. I realize Apple's displays will be much more amazing than that, but the wording...
Mmm taco bell.
 

Clive At Five

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What?! This is ridiculous!! This isn't a revolutionary product! Target has "Club Wedd" consoles that respond via touch and keyboard!

This report is a crock of ****.

Loop Rumors should be shot.

-Clive
 

dicklacara

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You know, the way that computers make everything so easy is not necessarily a good thing. Back when we had typewriters that required a degree of strength to press the keys down, there was no carpal-tunnel. It was the advent of the light touch keyboard that introduced that problem. And do you really believe that we were designed (euphemistically speaking) to sit in front of a computer all day, barely moving a muscle? No, we were designed to be out on the plains, running, digging, climbing, etc. So, adding a little required exercise to the daily grind is never, from my perspective, a bad thing.

Of course, we also seem to try to be as lazy as possible, so I doubt it would really catch on. Oh well.
I believe that Apple will provide MultiTouch screen input in addition to the traditional keyboard and mouse, not as a replacement.

There are times where MultiTouch gestures are the best UI (manipulating pictures on a light table, for example)... while typing descriptions for pictures can best be done with a traditional KB.

I also think we will see inexpensive MultiTouch display (Tablet?) devices that lay flat on the desk and can assume any configuration of keys/buttons/sliders/wheels, etc. that are meaningful to the application and can be customized by the user-- a piano keyoard, equalizer sliders, etc.

For some users and applications these devices will be an alternative to the mouse and keyboard... kiosks?

It will be your option to select the devices that best suit your needs.