Would you like too see a touchscreen iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by smoge, Jun 24, 2011.


Would You Like A Touchscreen iMac?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. smoge, Jun 24, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2011

    smoge macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2011
    Ive been seeing more and more adds on TV displaying touchscreen pc and they look quite cool.
    With apple at the forefront of touchscreen, how long will it be before we see a touch screen iMac; also I remember a rumor before the iPad 2 was released stating that the company that supply the screen for the iPad were supling more expensive screen for apple and everyone expected it to be a HD iPad screen.
    The iMac is due a major update next year and with osx Lion taking more and more features from ios will the iMac go touchscreen?
  2. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    Nope. I don't want to look at a smudgy screen all day.
  3. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    Another nope here. Ergonomically awkward, etc. The Magic Trackpad gives you a horizontal surface for gestures etc, but lifting you hand to the screen is not a good idea. Maybe eventually, as in within 5-10 years, but not in the next year or two. HPs touchscreen computers don't do all that well anyway. And iPads give us the large enough touch environment in a portable more ergo fashion that alleviates the need to rush into full size touch computers.
  4. Fuith macrumors member

    May 5, 2011
    Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
    Another no. I played with a touchscreen pc when we got one into the shop, I was back using the keyboard and mouse within two minutes, literally. Touch screen works fine on something as big as the iPad (Nevermind the OS designed for the purpose) but it's completely counter-productive on large screens.
  5. iwan073 macrumors regular


    May 1, 2011
    The Netherlands
  6. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
  7. Michael D. macrumors member

    May 6, 2011
    Helsinki, Finland
    The Magic Trackpad is enough. No for touchscreen.
  8. smoge thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2011
    i understand touch screen is a bit silly on such a big device as a iMac but apple would not just do touchscreen instead of a mouse but as an extension of the keyboard.

    e.g. you are typing away in pages and what to quickly want to look back at webpage you are using then you could use the touch screen instead of the mouse to use the dock that little bit quicker.

    im sure if apple did a touch screen mac it would be like no pc
  9. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    It's not something I'm aching to have. If fact, I think I would be aching after trying to use it! I just reached toward my screen and my fingers came up a few inches short of reaching it, so I would need to redesign my workspace to make use of a touch screen. I've seen some rumors about a tilt screen, where the iMac would slide toward you and become almost horizontal in touch mode. I guess that would be more usable, but still has some hair on it. Where would I put the pile of stuff that sits on my desk between me and the monitor?

    I voted no, but I didn't think I wanted a tablet until I saw an iPad, so who knows what might happen?
  10. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    The problem with touch screens is the ergonomics. I have had several convertible laptops. When using them as tablets, it would hurt your neck from having to look down, and when using it in laptop "form" it would be awkward to use the touch screen. Frankly touch screen computers are more for show but no something you would regularly utilize for any real production work.
  11. mackage macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2011
    Hell no. I doubt it will ever happen anyways. Apple prides themselves on doing things that make sense and not things that simply state "look at me, I am cool".

    They just dismissed the testing of a black powder coated MBP due to its ability to display fingerprints. Don't you think they would feel the same way about a screen you have to stare at?
  12. smoge thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2011
    "look at me, I am cool" was the selling strategy for the iPod:D
  13. TC400 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2010
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Nah. I can't justify touching such a beautiful display. :apple:
  14. pruhawk macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Absolutely Not. Can hardly stand fingerprints on an ipad which is just for fun
  15. firestarter macrumors 603


    Dec 31, 2002
    Green and pleasant land
    No, I don't want it and it's not going to happen.

    I think it was one of the keynotes when Steve went through the reasons why it doesn't work. Your arms get tired, the screen gets smudged, yadda, yadda.

    Steve dissing the idea on stage is a pretty good indicator that we won't see it.
  16. Lankyman macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2011
    Dust daren't even settle on my screens let alone greasy fingermarks ugh!
  17. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    I think Apple is paving the way with the iPad for something LARGER along the lines of a touchscreen computer. I have thought about this one for awhile...

    Steve Jobs does not like the idea of a vertical touch surface (like most touchscreen PCs, he thinks it will wear out the wrists too easily).

    BUT, imagine something lying flat on a desk, but larger than an iPad (think 24" on a desk, or slightly tilted, running some variant of iOS with multitouch). Something with resolution of 2560x1600 or larger that you could display multiple documents side-by-side, a HIGH RESOLUTION touch surface with multitouch capability...

    I believe there is some future in technology like this, and Apple could lead the way in developing this. I would be very interested in having such a computer like this, a very large multitouch surface or something using proximity sensor detection to manipulate the screen (without having to physically touch the screen) --think, moving your hand above the screen to move a window or to touch a button or feature in the OS interface.

    So, I think there is definitely a future in such technology, actually I am surprised a company like Apple has not taken touch displays to a larger realm than the 9.7" arena and 1024x768. We need HIGH RESOLUTION multitouch....
  18. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    Haha, I am reading that as being sarcastic, but perhaps I am wrong ;) .

    Steve has a history of saying no, you will never see that, there is no market, and then releasing it in a later version. Gotta love him (or hate him) for it.

    I think a Touchscreen iMac would be useful for specific situations, but not as a primary input for users. Sitting for extended periods of time with an arm extended would get old for many.
  19. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    I don't see it happening. Apple seems focused on the trackpad for now.

    What would be interesting, is seeing a larger iPad that would fill up a desk like a drafters table. Where in essence, it would be your table. Now could an iMac be updated as such. Who knows.
  20. MR.Raul macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
    You'll get a neck strain if it's flat on the table.
    Touch screens only work well if you hold it in your hand, and don't use it for hours.
  21. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    No, of course not! The iMac is a desktop machine, not a laptop.
  22. Michael383 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2011
    No. I have a Gateway touchscreen PC and using the screen as an input gets old very fast along with the ergonomic and cleaning issues. It's an idea Apple wisely avoided for the iMac.
  23. eljanitor macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2011

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