Some New iMac Speculation
There’s an Apple event this upcoming Tuesday, which most likely means a new, redesigned iMac.
It’s getting to the point where it’s hard for me to imagine exactly how Apple could improve their computers, as they’re so solidly designed. All I can really think of is faster and thinner.
Still, because of the iPhone there’s some speculation that the iMac might be physically redesigned to add on the “multi touch” capabilities. The most literal idea is to add a touch screen.
While this looks cool, as someone who earns a living through the computer the ergonomics are unappealing – the novelty of touching a slick, smooth monitor would surely wear off after your arm was raised for hours on end – and then there’s the fingerprints.
I think the better approach is what Apple seems to be working on right now – adding multitouch to a track pad or a mouse. A recent patent shows a literal dictionary of multitouch patterns and gestures. I wonder if a new iMac would have a trackpad in the keyboard or a mutitouch mouse? Or what if said track pad was a little monitor itself, displaying a small portion of the larger screen?
Anyhow, in addition to a new iMac and some mutitouch answers, I hope Tuesday brings some word about the rumored death of the MacMini. Oh, and of course, a widescreen touch enabled Video iPod would be nice, too.