Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Touch iMac Patent Filing

If a patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is any indication, could the iMac be next to get a touch interface? Patently Apple, a blog that keeps tabs on Apple's USPTO filings, noticed an application on Monday that depicts a hinged screen version of Apple's iMac desktop that has a touchscreen. The hinge appears to allow the computer to alternate between a traditional vertical desktop configuration and a flat, iPad-like surface when rocked back on its hinge.

Apple applied for a similar patent on a touch-screen version of an iMac in July 2008, and Apple has managed to insert touch into a variety of its products, including the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, MacBooks, and recently...Magic Trackpad.

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