Is the iMac "Touch" inevitable? Bad thing?

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  1. Man-Droid macrumors regular

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    The rumor about iOS and OSX falling under the iOS brand has a large percentage of Mac enthusiasts screaming. I personally am not jumping to conclusions. OSX is getting up there in years and the Mac has seen a number of redesigns. But aside from the usual increases in power/performance and design upgrades, the desktop line has been relatively stagnant. I mean, how much more innovation can we see with OSX? This is why I think Apple may be integrating the two OS's together. The mobile line is becoming more like a desktop. You can do almost everything a desktop can do, just without horsepower. The same thing can not be said for desktop computers. There are things my Mac just can't do that my iPod touch can.

    I think by adding a touch feature to Mac OS you are essentially blurring the line even more between mobile devices and desktop. Why shouldn't I be able to use a touch feature on a desktop? Isn't it more capable than say, an iPhone or iPad?

    One major reason I would love to to see this added is for Applications like Logic Audio. Often times I will have 25+ tracks running simultaneously. Using a mouse to adjust faders on individual audio tracks and knobs on effects and synths can be tedious. Having the ability to adjust these by touching them would create a more personalized and efficient workflow. Just one example.

    I realize that iOS and OSX are separate beasts. Maybe they'll stay that way but start acting more and more like each other. The iMac would be the perfect starting point. Is this a bad thing?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    What your iPod can do that your Mac cannot? iOS is VERY limited. You have to download everything from App Store. I can't even imagine how slow it would be to use 27" touchscreen iMac, let alone how painful... Everything would have to pretty big so you can easily use them so think about how Logic and all menus etc would look. Also, think about the amount of fingerprints on the display, yuck!

    In real computers, touchscreens would be a major step backwards, it just isn't useful nor comfortable.
     
  3. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    It's far from ergonomic, it's a wasted opportunity that could have been used on providing enhancements elsewhere, and it's just one more association that macs shouldn't have with Apple's iToys.

    The sliders in an audio program would probably be the most extreme situation you could get in terms of arguing for a touchscreen. Even still, couldn't buying a peripheral accomplish the same thing? Moreover, Apple should instead focus on a multitouch keyboard to replace their current ones. Some kind of smooth pane of glass that provides tactile response, and maps all 10 of your fingers to the screen.
     
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    Right! I can't imagine doing a lot of keyboarding on a touch screen! the fingerprints are enough of a problem on just a iPod Touch or phone, but on a big screen it would be a real mess.
     
  5. Man-Droid thread starter macrumors regular

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    I do like the idea for a multitouch device. I would probably be up for that before a jump to a touchscreen Mac. I still think the ability to use touch in some form is inevitable. Personally I want to see this happen
     
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    If you really want one, buy it
    http://www.trolltouch.com/page4/page1/imac.html
     
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