I don’t really keep up with the latest Mac rumors, so I’m guessing I’m not the first to speculate on this, but I can’t help but wonder if Apple is going to announce, sometime this year, an iMac with a touch display.
It would only make sense..So far, MacOS X 10.7 Lion doesn’t sound all that exciting, merging the “best” of the iOS experience in with MacOS X. But… if it were to support touch displays, so that you can either use your mouse *or* touch the screen to manipulate things, then I can imagine that being quite exciting indeed.
And, as someone who is planning some top-secret game ideas that will involve touch as the primary way to control the game, this would mean those games would work great not only on iOS devices, but also on future Macs. Who knows what Apple has planned, but a touch iMac and Apple Cinema Display wouldn’t be at all surprising.
Another possibility is that Apple would link the iPad’s touch controls with the Mac, so that you can hold an iPad in your lap and use it like a tablet or large touchpad to control your Mac. Perhaps it would even mirror the image you see on the Mac’s display, to make it easier to see what you’re going to manipulate before you touch it. This sounds somewhat smarter to me than an iMac with a touch display, as I don’t want to reach all the way to my display to touch it, given that I generally keep it just farther than arm’s length away. But an iPad in my lap…