updated 07:25 am EST, Mon January 18, 2010
Rumor has a third, touch iMac in store
A rumor floated by Taiwan's Commercial Times newspaper today claims Apple is developing its first touchscreen iMac. The new version would allegedly be a 22-inch model and would be separate from the 21.5-inch and 27-inch versions already on sale. Quanta would be responsible for the manufacturing, while Sintek Photronic would make the touch overlays for the screens.
Little else is mentioned about what the system would purportedly entail.
The strategy would be unusual for Apple and calls into question the accuracy of the story. Apple only just recently added multi-touch support to the iMac through the Magic Mouse and, in the past, has rarely added a new interim model with major feature changes so soon after an already major revision. Also, a 22-inch display would have little advantage as it would have the same or lower resolution as the 21.5-inch, 1080p display Apple uses now.
22-inch touchscreen PCs have already been available now or in the past from HP and other manufacturers.