DigiTimes is reporting that Apple has been sent samples of large touch panel manufactured by Sintek Photronics, that could ultimately be headed for use in a touch-enabled iMac. The report claims that Sintek Photronics is using something called projected capacitance touch technology in these panels, whatever that means. Projected capacitive touch panels are typically produced […]
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Apple Reportedly Testing Touchscreens for Future iMacs

DigiTimes is reporting that Apple has been sent samples of large touch panel manufactured by Sintek Photronics, that could ultimately be headed for use in a touch-enabled iMac. The report claims that Sintek Photronics is using something called projected capacitance touch technology in these panels, whatever that means.

Projected capacitive touch panels are typically produced by placing touch sensors over the panel, and then a cover glass over the sensors. The conventional method is not only costly and complex, but affects display brightness.

The new iMac is rumored to have a good vertical and horizontal viewing angle, and its projected capacitive touch panel will adopt a one-glass solution, which integrates the touch sensor and cover glass, to reduce thickness and weight.

We’ve heard several reports throughout the year claiming that Apple is working on a touchscreen iMac. First, we heard the one in January claiming that Apple would have a 22-inch touch-enabled iMac on the market by year’s end. Then in August a patent application from Apple surfaced that suggests the company is looking into a iMac design with a hinged stand that could transition the device from a mouse-driven to a touch enabled computer.

So, there is mounting evidence that Apple is at least looking into creating a touch-enabled iMac. How this will be implemented, or when it will be on the market are anyone’s guess.

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