With all the hype surrounding the still-unannounced Apple tablet over the past year, there have been a number of revelations about the company working on touch technology. Now, a report in the China Times, passed along by post on MacRumors, says Apple will launch a 22-inch touchscreen iMac this year. The China Times story relies on leaks from the Taiwan supply chain - which has been a hit-and-miss source for rumors - with companies such as Quanta, which would be the lead manufacturer for the computer, and Sintek Photronic, who would make the screens coming forward with details.
Apple has already begun making touch a part of its product lineup, with products like the Magic Mouse as well as the multitouch trackpads in MacBooks and the iPhone and iPod touch. The long-rumored tablet is said to use a new, complex multitouch vocabulary that was developed based on technology from FingerWorks, a company Apple acquired back in the beginning of 2005. Recent rumors have suggested enhanced multi-touch interfaces for the next-generation iPhone, here have also been a number of patents revealed over the last year that show Apple has been working on advanced touch technology for some time. And a recent report in the New York Times indicated that a multi-touch enabled version of Apple's iWork suite may be forthcoming soon, possibly in conjunction with the release of the tablet.
PCWorld notes a comment made by Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2007 that may give some sense of the direction Apple may be moving in. In a talk with Bill Gates and The Wall Street Journal's personal technology columnist Walt Mossberg at the AllThingsD Conference in 2007, Jobs said:
This general purpose device is going to continue to be with us and morph with us, whether it's a tablet or a notebook or, you know, a big curved desktop that you have at your house or whatever it might be.
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