What do you think about an iMac touch?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JAYGEE, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. JAYGEE macrumors member


    May 24, 2008
    If :apple: released an iMac, with the exact same design, as it has now, but it had a touch screen, would you be interested in buying it?

    Imagine having an iMac, with Leopard, but instead of using a mouse, to click the apps, on the Dock, you simply touched the app, on the screen.

    My mouth waters, with such a thought! :D

    Do you think :apple: will release an iMac touch, and would you be interested in one? :confused:
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Not until OS XI. OS XI will be fully multitouch-based. They keyboard and mouse will be dead and the definition of what we call a computer will be changed.
  3. JAYGEE thread starter macrumors member


    May 24, 2008
    OS XI is at least a decade away, I would have thought? :confused:

    OS X will get up to at least OS X 10.12
  4. shfreelance macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2008
    Eustis, FL
    I also think by the time OS XI is released. That the bottom Aluminum portion of the iMac, the "lip." Will be gone, totally. I think it will look more like an ACD. I don't know if I would like a touch screen at first. But if the market was to totally move that direction, then it will take some time to get use to. I'm old fashion so I will be hugging the mouse and keyboard for a long time.


    Edit: I hope the lip would be gone by 10.7, I really do think it would make the iMac that much better.
  5. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    I am opposed to the idea of an iMac touch. Why? Think about it, if I'm going to be typing a document on my computer, or even just editing photos, it will just be too much of a strain on my arms after a short period of time. I simply don't want to have to reach up every time I want to do something and obscure my screen and smudge it. It's just not worth it, too stressful, too expensive, too obnoxious, and really just not worth the novelty of it. I'd be delighted over a touch screen keyboard, but I don't want to reach up every time I need to do something on my computer. I know it sounds lazy, but when you use a computer all day, you don't want to have to deal with the annoyance brought upon by the touch screen... it's more of a novelty than something useful.
  6. scott:mac macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2008
    Great Britain
    Why does it have to be?

    Why would a touch screen iMac be so long to arrive?
    Its not exactly impossible futuristic technology, i think/would like them to bring it out but optional instead, still with the keyboards and mouse.

    But its a good idea for Graphic designers/ artists who have to buy Tablets for their macs.

  7. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    I think the screen angle is all wrong (vertical vs. horizontal orientation), and that it will leave a mess on your screen. Maybe they would have a layer of glass so you could clean it regularly.

    Touch works well in a tablet portable format, but I don't think it is the answer for a desktop. Maybe a multi-touch trackpad, but not touch on the screen.

    Just my $0.02 worth...
  8. stracky macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2006
    id love to see it, id love to have it. but its going to happen in laptops first, because a 13/15/17 inch panel is gunna be much cheaper than a 20/24 and for practicality. people will need to change the way they physically use computers and that wont happen quickly. having to lift your arm all day to the screen would be very tiring. and having it flat or slanted on the desk is a posture nightmare.

    but a full tablet laptop if you will, that runs completely on touch control, that would be awesome. it just makes sense really. a little tiny trackpad to move a small arrow around a screen....??!!! it works but we can do better. wouldnt it be easier just to push the part of the screen you want to activate. thats why everyone loves the iphone, it makes it simple. a touch tablet would be so simple to use.
  9. NiroNavro macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2008
    I agree that it makes more sense in a portable tablet format. Otherwise if you made the iMac with touch capablities you could replace the mouse and keyboard with a touch sensitive tablet that coincides with the iMac display. The tablet can sit at your finger tips, separate from your display, allowing you to not have to reach to your display. The display screen would still be touch sensitive though so you could still use that if you wanted.

    Sounds like a plan to me.
  10. NiroNavro macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2008
    Better yet. Make a touch cabable iMac where the screen is touch sensitive and allow the portable touch tablets to connect wirelessly to your iMac and be used as remote control type thing. You know what I mean? Like if I used my Nintendo DS as a controller for my Nintendo Wii. You don't HAVE to use the Nintendo DS but it's a nice option for some games. The same would be the case for the touch tablet and iMac touch.
  11. ShadowXOR macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2008
    A touch iMac has to be one of the stupidest things I've ever heard of. Until I see some way that it would be easy/convenient for long term use I deem it utterly retarded and do not believe it's the future. Even with the iPhone that does touch very well many people prefer a hard keyboard. Saying touch is the future is a joke.
  12. gehrbox macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2007
    I'm against an iMac Touch, but I am for a MacBook Touch.
  13. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    I will buy it in a second if they do release it. ;) I like touch screen.
    Although, someday Apple might release a Mac like that but I just don't see it being now. :(
  14. bob vansteel macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2008
    yes...eventually everything will have touch screens and everything could be done by touch....but the mouse and keyboard will NEVER EVER be obsolite.....do you seriously think you could ever work near the speed you do now touching everything rather than just a slight movement of the wrist. Yes is will be nice to use the a touch screen...but its more of a fun new feature that you use for a while because its new, but eventually you get tierd of holding your arms up and typing on the screen, that you just drop it and move back to your keyboard and mouse. The only day your mouse and keyboard will be obsolite will be a day when everyone has electrodes emmbeded in their brains and we can universaly control everything with our minds....but until then touch screens will simply be just a feature to a mac/pc, and not an essential.
  15. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Apple will have finished preemptive thought control by then so our computers will do what we want even before we think it.:eek: That means we wont need a touch screen.
  16. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    Today, there are two distinct breeds of computers: desktops and notebooks. The first of these to receive multi-touch across the board will be notebooks.

    Why is this? Because it makes more sense to be able to condense the machine to the point where a keyboard and trackpad become integrated into the screen, necessary only when a user requires it. This is already seen in the iPhone, and as other portable devices adopt this process, the "notebook" will leave its form factor, and most likely be replaced by the tablet.

    The wrong way of doing this is how Microsoft is pursuing with Windows 7. Using the current form notebook mixed with multitouch just looks painful to use, and does not offer the ease of use as in a tablet format. Watch the video here.

    But sooner than later, Apple will release a tablet that uses multitouch technology, and other PC vendors will attempt to do the same. And over time, you'll notice that more tablets will be sold than notebooks. Thus the demise of the notebook era will have begun.

    On the other hand, how will multitouch be integrated into desktops? When I picture the current iMac in my head, holding my hands up and moving stuff around simply does not seem comfortable, especially after a few hours of floating my hands above my tabletop. To tell you the truth, the closest attempt we've seen is the Microsoft Surface.

    While I don't think a coffee table that doubles as a computer is exactly the right form factor, I think we'll someday see the iMac change direction from vertical to horizontal. Maybe it'll be just slightly diagonal, sitting at a 45° angle, facing the user's eyes so that it doesn't cause neck strain. In addition, the users hands won't have to be held up like the design of the past, but sit nicely on the table top, just as if they were typing on a keyboard, but instead, they're using multitouch on an iMac.

    So would I like to see a multitouch iMac? Absolutely. In this form factor? Not a chance. Give it several more years and we'll defininately see it though -- first in iPhone, then briefly in notebooks, then in tablets, and finally on desktops.
  17. JAYGEE thread starter macrumors member


    May 24, 2008
    I didn't say anything about the keyboard. There will always be keyboards.

    With the mouse, there will still be the mouse, with the touch screen, but people will slowly evolve, and use it less, and less.

    I think a touch screen will be easier on a portable Mac, than the iMac.
  18. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Multitouch is only feasible on a flat surface, on a screen lower than your elbow, or on a vertical surface for very short periods (turning a light on or off, or picking the next track on your stereo).

    A desktop computer as we know it now, would be a ergonomic nightmare to use if it was touchscreen.
  19. dibara2003 macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2007
    i guess it would be somewhere along the lines of HP's version, but with the apple design cues
  20. Elven macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    My thoughts on this will be a dual input design, you will be able to use your keyboard and mouse, but they will be fully touch sensitive, there will be a total lack of mechanical keys, we will totally use touch input, much like the light projected keyboard of today, the mouse will be touch sensitive, and you will be able to input and open tasks from the monitors touch interface.

    While some users will welcome this step up, others won't, I myself am sat on the fence until I see how it will act inside a working interface and not just a early demo.:apple:
  21. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    Personally I would hate for the iMac to be touch screen I can feel my arms and neck aching just at the thought.
    But as long as there was an option to have a regular imac I would have no problem with other people straining their arms and neck.
  22. bertpalmer macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2007
    Woulb be great for my graphic design but I think it would get way too greasy for it to be pleasant... :(
  23. Elven macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    Not too mention the eye strain caused by having a 24inch screen and having to sit very close to the screen to use the touch function.
  24. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Ugh. Have you ever tried using a touch-sensitive screen? (they've been around for years).

    I thought not....

    If you like RSI, aching shoulders and greasy screens, that's the way to go ;):p

    Seriously, though, for a touch screen to be comfy to use, it needs to be horizontal. Horizontal works fine for designers (viz the Wacom tablet that has an integrated display), but isn't too useful for other things - certainly for gaming, watching movies and general typing, the screen needs to be close to vertical.

    My verdict - never gonna happen. I think what we _will_ see from the technology is a wider range of more versatile controllers/input devices. I can certainly see multi-touch benefiting those of us who use graphics tablets...

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