LG holds iMac-suitable touchscreen; new iTunes plus hints

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
One of the companies who supplies display panels for the iMac line is said to have a touch-screen version ready for Apple's picking. Meanwhile, iTunes shoppers have discovered hints that the company may be preparing to broaden its iTunes Plus service with more DRM-free tracks.



Touchscreen iMac display



LG recently opened the doors of one of its factories to gadget publication Stuff.tv, a move that revealed the electronics maker to be working on "full multitouch display for computers."



Seeing as LG supplies displays for the iMac, Stuff speculates that the discovery "actually points to something far bigger – a multitouch Mac."



The report is mostly speculative, however, and provides no evidence to suggest that Apple holds any near term plans to use the part, though it's said that the touch-screen display appears to be ready for production.



Despite the appearance of a related job posting and some patents covering full-sized multi-touch devices, Apple has largely relegated the concept of touch-screen Macs to a "research project."



During a question and answer session last year, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs noted that multi-touch technology is nicely suited for the iPhone but said he was "not sure it makes sense" on the Mac.



More iTunes Plus tracks arriving



Meanwhile, a couple of readers this weekend noted some strange happenings on iTunes Store. Specifically, they claim that a handful of tracks from record labels Universal, Sony BMG, and Warner appeared briefly as tracks upgradable to iTunes Plus format.



Of the four major record labels, only EMI has announced support for the DRM-free iTunes format. However, recent reports have suggested that Apple is currently in talks with the remaining three labels over offering their catalogs through iTunes Plus in the near future.







In particular, readers claim that tracks from 3 Doors Down, Nine Inch Nails, and Neil Young were briefly available for upgrade to iTunes Plus. Although AppleInsider could not reproduce the majority of those findings on Monday morning, it did discover that a handful of Neil Young tracks (Warner) show up as iTunes Plus tracks through the iTunes search function (but not on their respective album pages).

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  • Reply 1 of 46
    I buy all of my music from Amazon now because it works on all of my devices...
  • Reply 2 of 46
    AGAIN my thread gets dissed!



    For the record I was first. Anyways, I guess I will stick to this thread and abandon mine.
  • Reply 3 of 46
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    Originally Posted by tacojohn View Post


    I buy all of my music from Amazon now because it works on all of my devices...



    I do too. And amazon has a little application that makes porting over music and album art over to itunes a breeze.

    Its funny though, I thought for sure we would have seen a new multi-touch mobile device first before we would have seen a multi-touch screened iMac.



    MacWorld will be here soon.
  • Reply 4 of 46
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    Originally Posted by tacojohn View Post


    I buy all of my music from Amazon now because it works on all of my devices...



    I wish we had that in Canada...



    Jimzip
  • Reply 5 of 46
    satchmosatchmo Posts: 2,699member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Olternaut View Post


    Its funny though, I thought for sure we would have seen a new multi-touch mobile device first before we would have seen a multi-touch screened iMac.




    I hope we never see one. Or if we do, it had better have a clever implentation.

    Moving things around on a large screen with your arms all over the place seems more cumbersome than using a mouse. Perhaps if the iMac were horizontally mounted like a screen on a tabletop rather than vertical.
  • Reply 6 of 46
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    Originally Posted by satchmo View Post


    I hope we never see one. Or if we do, it had better have a clever implentation.

    Moving things around on a large screen with your arms all over the place seems more cumbersome than using a mouse. Perhaps if the iMac were horizontally mounted like a screen on a tabletop rather than vertical.



    I'd think a multi-touch pro keyboard would be a possible next leap for the desktop if not going full-blown touch display.
  • Reply 7 of 46
    I agree - a touch screen mac doesn't seem very practical. I'm not sure that you would ever use it for much more than swiping through your pics - but why not just use the arrow key? A mouse pointer is much more exact than your finger. I see the HP touch computers and I think that there's not really anything useful there.



    On the other hand - if anyone can come up with something interesting and useful that incorporates a touch screen on the computer, it'll be Apple.



    P
  • Reply 8 of 46
    expatexpat Posts: 110member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by satchmo View Post


    I hope we never see one. Or if we do, it had better have a clever implentation.

    Moving things around on a large screen with your arms all over the place seems more cumbersome than using a mouse. Perhaps if the iMac were horizontally mounted like a screen on a tabletop rather than vertical.



    Exactly. This is what I was thinking when HP put out that touch iMac clone. People think touch will replace a keyboard and mouse, but the last thing I would want to do is spend 8 hours a day at work with my arms out like Frankenstein's monster using a desktop touch monitor.



    I can't say I have much use for a touch tablet either, but a tablet would make FAR more sense than a desktop model.
  • Reply 9 of 46
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    Originally Posted by Pachomius View Post


    On the other hand - if anyone can come up with something interesting and useful that incorporates a touch screen on the computer, it'll be Apple.



    This is one area, unfortunately where Apple has been beaten to the punch.
  • Reply 10 of 46
    Does it matter?



    Someone beat Apple to the punch in the area of cell phones too.



    And just because someone beat them to the punch, does the product work well?
  • Reply 11 of 46
    irnchrizirnchriz Posts: 1,606member
    I wonder how close Apple are to a subscription based music service?
  • Reply 12 of 46
    Full Multi Touch screens are only a benefit to portable devices for obvious ergonomic reason.
  • Reply 13 of 46
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BenRoethig View Post


    This is one area, unfortunately where Apple has been beaten to the punch.



    I sure don't agree with that. I do agree with other comments about not wanting to spend the day with arms out in front. Get ready for some giant ergonomics pamphlets in your HP box along with the first lawsuits. And touch on a laptop makes no sense to me. A track pad is a scaled version of your display, that makes more sense for travel distance when dragging.



    In addition to reaching your arms out, today's screens have a lot of space to drag across. That said, I haven't used the HP product at all.



    I firmly believe small tablets will eventually replace laptops for road warriors. Laptops are cumbersome and unsuitable for airplanes (in coach). In many cases they're simply overkill, but a phone isn't quite enough.



    If not this Macworld we'll see the tablet at the next one. How's that for a bold prediction.
  • Reply 14 of 46
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Pachomius View Post


    I agree - a touch screen mac doesn't seem very practical. I'm not sure that you would ever use it for much more than swiping through your pics - but why not just use the arrow key? A mouse pointer is much more exact than your finger. I see the HP touch computers and I think that there's not really anything useful there.



    On the other hand - if anyone can come up with something interesting and useful that incorporates a touch screen on the computer, it'll be Apple.



    P



    I've seen a lot of point of sale apps that make great use of touchscreen capabilities. Personally, I wouldn't want to get oily fingerprints and swipes all over my beautiful glossy display!
  • Reply 15 of 46
    It has taken me 5+ years to train friends and family not to touch LCDs. DO NOT PRESS ON THE MONITOR, I tell them. All for naught.
  • Reply 16 of 46
    neilmneilm Posts: 957member
    Despite the fingerprints, my iPhone 3G's touchscreen is an excellent tradeoff against the bulk and weight of a physical keyboard.



    But if there's one thing I don't need it's greasy smears all over my Mac's screen. We already have plenty of input device options in the keyboard, mouse and trackpad (now with gestures). Yes, a touchscreen may be desirable for specialized applications such as kiosks, but for a personal computer? You can keep it.
  • Reply 17 of 46
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    Originally Posted by FuturePastNow View Post


    It has taken me 5+ years to train friends and family not to touch LCDs. DO NOT PRESS ON THE MONITOR, I tell them. All for naught.



    I have taught my four year old in vain not to touch screens. And now he knows how to operate an iPhone like a breeze.
  • Reply 18 of 46
    Announcing the expansion of iTunes Plus to all music in the iTS at Macworld would be epic! Not that it would really affect me personally since I generally prefer lesser-known and indie artists who usually put their stuff up in iTunes Plus by default, but it's sort of like if The Beatles were made available there - I already have all their stuff, it'd just be great progress in the digital distribution space. What if The Beatles' music is ready and Apple get them to put it up in iTunes Plus!!?? That would send a message to the stubborn major labels (excluding EMI, obviously).
  • Reply 19 of 46
    robb01robb01 Posts: 148member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by freelander51 View Post


    I have taught my four year old in vain not to touch screens. And now he knows how to operate an iPhone like a breeze.



    Awesome



    __________

  • Reply 20 of 46
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tacojohn View Post


    I buy all of my music from Amazon now because it works on all of my devices...



    Doesn't the lack of DRM on the iTunes plus tracks (hopefull all iTunes music soon) mean music purchased on iTunes will work on all your devices as well?
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