iMac Touch 2012?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kmillard, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. kmillard macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2011
    I'm just wondering why there isn't much talk about an iMac Touch for 2012?
    It seems only perfect with the way much of Lions interface and the release of the Dell, HP, and Sony Touch desktops.
    Any thoughts anyone?
  2. srxtr macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    Who knows. Apple likes secrecy.
  3. macdudesir macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2011
    Blacksburg, VA
    Steve Jobs said that Apple will never make a touch desktop because it wouldn't be ergonomic. Can you imagine holding your arm up to touch the iMac for a long time? not fun...
  4. NMF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2011
    And smudging up my desktop screen, no thanks.
  5. David085 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2009
    Would be useful for Windows 8 for like titles or other touch interface, would like it for the Apple Cinema Display too


    I have to agree there, but it can be useful too
  6. HabSonic macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2011
  7. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2007
    Yeah another vote for no Touch for a computer. I think it doesn't make sense at all. Having to reach up to touch something, then back down to type. Really doesn't fit the computer mold at all. The Dell/HP touch screens are just a gimmick and aren't useful in the slightest.

    Unless, you are using it as an interface into a touch specific app or something. But normal computing needs, not a chance.
  8. DiamonDecoden macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2011
    I can see a use for drawing, painting and with multi touch gestures. It might not be a feasible feature now but in the future it might! I'll look forward to it nonetheless.
  9. doktordoris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2009
    I too dislike the idea of vertical touchscreen on ergonomic grounds, and I don't like the idea of viewing a flat on the desk screen for the same reasons. So the screen would have to be either rubbish for touching or rubbish for looking at depending on orientation.
    As apple has always banged on about the perfect experience for every user I can't see them ever, ever making a vertically screened desktop touch sensitive.
  10. cirus macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2011
    Just because it is a touchscreen does not mean that that is the only way to use it. You can still use a mouse/trackpad.
  11. NMF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2011
    Wacom makes tablets for that, some of which are screens.

    Reaching up to touch a desk-mounted monitor would be the stupidest thing.
  12. heimbachae macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2011
  13. kmillard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2011
    As a photog I do think it would be cool to retouch directly on the screen vs using a Wacom. I have read of rumors of an anti smudge technology for iPhones, iPads etc. not sure if that was in the jobs biography or where....
  14. ipedro, Dec 14, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2011

    ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    I don't get how some people are so closed minded and can't see beyond the current way of doing things.

    If Apple releases a touch iMac it would likely be used flat like an iPad. You'd be able to adjust it to sit low and parallel to the desk so that you can use it as comfortably as you use an iPad. For typing and sit back viewing, you'd lift it to a perpendicular position.

    I see it as plausible that Apple will launch an iPad like device intended for productivity and professional use as iOS matures. Think of it as a 20" to 27" iPad with a kickstand at the back that will allow you to lie it flat on your desk for extended productivity use or upright for uses where that position is better suited.

    EDIT: ...and before anybody says "Apple would never do that", here it is straight from Apple's patent:

  15. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    There isn't much talk because there won't be one. The machines that you refer to sell poorly. Let me tell you... Try this, sit in front of your computer and now try to pretend as if you're navigating the screen with your finger. See how many minutes it takes before your arms start hurting. It's a silly idea that needs to die. The Mac approach is to use the trackpad for gestures. Why do you need to touch the screen? Looking at my iPad screen I wouldn't want to have to clean my computer monitor on a daily basis.


    Think about that for a moment and then think about the fact that you can already get tablets that are far more precise for drawing and other such work. The best you can achieve with your fingers on the screen is childlike finger painting.


    Apple has plenty of patents. It doesn't mean that they will produce such a product. The idea is there but clearly the consumer interest is not when one looks at the sales figures of the touch all in ones mentioned by the thread starter.
  16. dylin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2010
    Well people always seem to like new innovation, but like many have said before it was be uncomfortable to have to reach up and touch the screen to use, especially sitting about 24" away from the monitor. Some people may even need to re-adjust themselves to use it.

    Maybe sometime down the line they will make one, but i dont believe it will be in the next refresh.

    And the picture posted above, aren't those all mock designs made by fans? I remember someone posting pics before about a mini tower mac pro a few years back.
  17. vadn1 macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2011
    iMac 27" Touch Screen

    iMac 27" Touch Screen, if it ever happens, I will order one for myself. At work, over the past 3 years, I have been using a touch screen system, 5 days a week, 8 to 10 hrs a day. It was just a matter of getting use to the touch screen.

    I personally enjoy using the touch screen in conjunction with the keyboard and mouse. Working without a touch screen screen at home, seems to slow my work pace. The movement has become natrual for me, and many times I catch myself tapping the screen of my home computer.

    I realize there is Troll Touch, but at the price point of $3800 for a 27" iMac, I can do without the touch screen option.
  18. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    There was no consumer demand for tablets before the iPad arrived. Clearly, Apple knows how to find a market and perfect a product for it to the point that consumers trample over each other to get one.

    A PC with touch thrown in on the screen is a gimmick. A product designed from the ground up in both hardware and software to make touch the principal user interface is a hit in waiting.

    This is why I think that more likely than an iMac touch, we'll see a device born to succeed it: an iPad "desktop". I can imagine iOS 6 focusing on widespread accessory compatibility (hence the recent Bluetooth news) and better app switching. Apple could release Aperture and Final Cut Pro X for iOS and the move to promote the iPad as a pro(ductivity) tool would be complete. All it would need would be hardware with enough power (dual A6's?) with a larger screen (20-27") and an arm to hold it in place for work.

    I'll predict this will happen in 2 cycles rather than the very next one. 2013 at the earliest.
  19. SR20DETDOG macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2011
    Queensland Australia
    I wholeheartedly agree with this. I don't think touch screen can be viewed simply as another feature or user input device.

    The most successful touch screen devices are the ones that have been specifically designed for a touch interface from the ground up. In my eyes for a touch screen iMac to be successful and worthwhile for consumers it would have to be an entirely new product, however, that doesn't mean it can't keep the iMac name.
  20. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    I agree with that. It would be a shame to lose the Mac name. I imagine that the Mac could evolve into a work/productivity device.

    As OS X and iOS continue to meet -- and they will despite the cries of the old school Mac heads -- somewhere in the middle you'd find an easy transition from one to the other with common OS internals and simply a different UI. One cursor driven and the other finger controlled, all intuitively switched by simply changing the orientation of the device from parallel to the desk (touch) to perpendicular (cursor).

    Eventually OSX will be replaced. That's no secret. It's a matter of time, just as OS 9 was replaced and the other OS's before it were. I don't believe that the keyboard will become obsolete as it is still the input method of choice for anybody who writes extensively.

    The mouse doesn't have such a favourable prognosis. I personally have not used a mouse in nearly a decade now. The Magic Trackpad is the canary in the coal mine for the trusty mouse's demise. Pointing accuracy is no longer a concern. This is something I, as a graphic designer and a photographer who retouches photos have seen from experience. In fact, a touch interface would be even more suitable than the mouse for this.

    Give me an iMac that I can lay flat on the table and retouch with a capacitive pen and I'll show you accuracy and why a touch device is better suited for professional use.
  21. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
  22. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
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    An elementary school I know uses something like this - table-sized iPads which up to 4 students can use at the same time for collaborative work. Not very impressed personally.
  23. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    What about cost? Wouldn't a 27" touch screen be rather expensive?
  24. imanidiot Suspended

    May 1, 2011
    Denver, CO
  25. OliverOSX93 macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    Timburr! :D
    I can see some balance issues with this.

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