Rumors of a touchscreen iMac are refuelled today, as DigiTimes, a Taiwanese publication, has reported that Sintek Photronics has sent samples of their projected capacitive touch panels to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) that will feature in their next iMac. The report from DigiTimes states:
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.
DigiTimes explains in their report that most touch panels are made by placing a sensor over the panel, and then covering it with glass. However, this method is said to be costly, complex, and results in a dull screen.
Recent reports regarding a patent design for the new iMac that will allow it to swivel for better touchscreen access strengthen the rumors that Apple’s next all-in-one computer will come with this feature, and it’s said that Sintek “has a good chance” of supplying the new screens.