The Apple rumor that keeps on giving -- the touchscreen iMac
-- has just been given another shot of monger juice. DigiTimes
(who else) cites industry sources who claim again that Sintek Photonics is shipping Apple touchpanels to sample for use in a future 20-plus-inch iMac. Specifically, the panels are of the projected capacitance type (same as iPhone/iPod touch/iPad) and integrate the touch sensor with the glass cover for reduced thickness and weight while exhibiting "good" viewing angles and brightness. While the image above, extracted from an Apple patent
, gives us a clue as to how a touchscreen iMac might be used, we remain unconvinced of its advantages (drawing stylus
, anyone?). Then again, we're sure Apple has lots of whacky products
in house for R&D
so why not one more.