Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Apple Files Patent for Touch iMacs Running iOS

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 29 comments

An iMac and a giant iPad all-in-one.

Between Windows 7's touch-friendly infrastructure, the current bevvy of smartphones available, and the barrage of upcoming Android tablets expected to launch over the next couple of quarters, it's clear that touch-mania is present right across the board. Yes, from desktops, to laptops, to portable devices like slates and phones, touch sensitive input has definitely made an impact on the industry as a whole. Now Apple intends to marry its mobile OS with its desktop OS to provide a tablet-like experience on users' desktop and laptop computers.

Patently Apple has dug up an Apple patent filed earlier this year and reports that the documentation shows how the Cupertino-based company plans to develop iMacs and MacBooks that turn into touch-based input devices when orientated a certain way. As illustrated by the diagram above, the iMac's stand would be flexible, allowing users to adjust the normally vertical screen to an almost horizontal position. Depending on the angle you have the display at, your computer will switch to the OS you've associated with that position.

This patent covers Apple desktops and laptops, and endeavors to give people the best of both input worlds by allowing them to use the touchscreen for certain applications, like drawing, and the traditional keyboard and mouse for word processing and other similar tasks.

Though not all patent filings mean a product is in development, previous rumors have suggested Apple was planning to incorporate a touchscreen interface into OSX, matching up with Patently Apple's find quite nicely.

Source: Patently Apple.

Discuss
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the News comments forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 11 Hide
    thesupermedium , August 24, 2010 10:56 PM
    So since they can just file a patent and not create it, can I file a patent for a black iMac, and then offer it to Apple for $10 million?
  • 10 Hide
    audioee , August 24, 2010 11:02 PM
    Don't worry about fingerprints. Apple will just sell you a $100 iCleaning Kit. It will include an 8in X 8in iShamWOW and a 3oz spray bottle of some iWindex.
Other Comments
  • 6 Hide
    Fetal , August 24, 2010 10:37 PM
    Apple *sigh*
  • Display all 29 comments.
  • 6 Hide
    nevertell , August 24, 2010 10:39 PM
    What kind of a sane person would buy this and use it in a way that doesn't include blending it, microwaving it, smashing it, dropping it from heights, or in any other way destroying it.
  • 9 Hide
    qu3becker , August 24, 2010 10:47 PM
    nevertellWhat kind of a sane person would buy this and use it in a way that doesn't include blending it, microwaving it, smashing it, dropping it from heights, or in any other way destroying it.


    Apple's fan...
  • 1 Hide
    HansVonOhain , August 24, 2010 10:48 PM
    This looks like a very impractical option to me. Smudges and dust obstructing your work.
  • 11 Hide
    thesupermedium , August 24, 2010 10:56 PM
    So since they can just file a patent and not create it, can I file a patent for a black iMac, and then offer it to Apple for $10 million?
  • 10 Hide
    audioee , August 24, 2010 11:02 PM
    Don't worry about fingerprints. Apple will just sell you a $100 iCleaning Kit. It will include an 8in X 8in iShamWOW and a 3oz spray bottle of some iWindex.
  • 4 Hide
    willgart , August 24, 2010 11:07 PM
    switching from 1 OS to another by moving the screen????
    does this mean that you cant do everything with only 1 OS????

    having the idea of displaying differently the desktop could be a good idea.
    in vertical mode I display the app in fullscreen mode, the menu on the bottom.
    Switching it horizontaly could display the menus differently, like a perspective view(?)
    or this can switch the screen in 3D mode (the technology which doesn'T required some glasses) with a 3D interactive interface(?)

    but switching between 2 OS??? I really don't understand this one!

    they say "the user can choose the OS he want for each position", ok, can I choose... mmm... Windows 7 in vertical mode and ...mmm... windows 7 in horizontal mode??? ;) 
  • 2 Hide
    nukemaster , August 24, 2010 11:12 PM
    The flex base is just revolutionary. Ohh wait. never mind Samsung had it years ago(something very close).
  • -1 Hide
    agnickolov , August 24, 2010 11:39 PM
    Fortunately, this patent is irrelevant for Windows-based PCs (as opposed to OS X based PCs aka Macs) since Windows 7 already supports multi-touch. They only need it because OS X doesn't.
  • 5 Hide
    ares1214 , August 25, 2010 12:11 AM
    Not a terrible idea, but not worth the $2000 they will charge for it.
  • 1 Hide
    falchard , August 25, 2010 12:12 AM
    Doesn't Wacom already have this patent?
  • 3 Hide
    braneman , August 25, 2010 12:16 AM
    amazing they have discovered hinges, also you could get a 500$ atom powered laptop RIGHT NOW with a touch screen.
  • -4 Hide
    rrobstur , August 25, 2010 12:16 AM
    im not an apple fan but imma stop reading apple news or the forum post... apple bashing starting to get on my nerve (thumbs down me)
  • -1 Hide
    rrobstur , August 25, 2010 12:29 AM
    this desing would be for people on there feet with a desk positioned below them, bank teller, nurses station, ect.
  • 3 Hide
    razercultmember1 , August 25, 2010 1:52 AM
    -_- I have lost all faith in technology.
  • 1 Hide
    Anonymous , August 25, 2010 2:43 AM
    This actually makes a lot of sense, the screen doesn't just tilt, it comes forward and lowers into a tablet style stance. This would be a much more comfortable way to use touch rather than having to hold your arms up in the air for ages. It also makes sense to have the option to use an interface *designed* for touch from the ground up, when using the touch surface. OSX and Windows are not designed around touch and our fingers aren't really a good way to work on a complex interface with tiny buttons, right-clicks etc. This way you get to use the system that makes the most sense for the task at hand. If I want to read some comics or a textbook, I tilt the screen and use iOS apps and don't have to fight the mouse-based interface, if I'm doing serious work I use the mouse and keyboard and get full advantage.
    I don't see why people would diss this? It would be cool to be able to switch from windows to android in much the same way.
  • 0 Hide
    dEAne , August 25, 2010 2:50 AM
    lots of patents huh. . .good for apple.
  • 4 Hide
    winner4455 , August 25, 2010 3:07 AM
    Wait... A touch screen?! By APPLE!!! REVOLUTIONARY!
  • -1 Hide
    chick0n , August 25, 2010 3:40 AM
    nevertellWhat kind of a sane person would buy this and use it in a way that doesn't include blending it, microwaving it, smashing it, dropping it from heights, or in any other way destroying it.


    Apple fanboy/girl.

    HansVonOhainThis looks like a very impractical option to me. Smudges and dust obstructing your work.


    They will just buy it. IT doesn't matter if its completely useless or how impractical it is. As long as it has that Apple logo somewhere on the device. Those losers *cough* will just form a line in of Apple stores ...
  • 1 Hide
    eddieroolz , August 25, 2010 4:34 AM
    Another useless patent application, courtesy of Apple...
Display more comments