iMac to go touchscreen?
Apple like to innovate don't they? In fairness to them, they've done a rather good job of doing that over the past few years. Now, they're looking at making the home computer well jazzy.
How? Well, future versions of iMacs could have technology that allows the machines to switch between a standard display and an ergonomically-friendly touchpad.
It's a simple concept, which could see the monitor on a hinged stand, according to a patent filed in January but only recently uncovered by website Patently Apple (click here to see the patent).
The patent application suggests that the action of pivoting the screen between vertical and flat would toggle between operating systems as well as outlining plans for “transitioning between a high-resolution input mode, such as a mouse-based interface, and a low-resolution input mode, such as a touch-based interface”.
“Transitioning between the two input modes and corresponding user interfaces (UIs) is based on the detected change of orientation," the patent application said. “A change of orientation can be detected with one or more sensors, such as an accelerometer [or] position sensors.
“Transitioning from one mode to another can include modifying an item displayed in the UI of the one mode into a corresponding item displayed in the UI of the other mode.”
It looks rather good doesn't it? MacHaters, feel free to sneer in the comments.