We previously heard some rumors regarding a touchscreen iMac that might be running iOS, and now a patent filed by Apple at the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) seems to confirm the possibility of such a device. The patent depicts a version of the iMac that sports hinges on the display and a touch-sensitive display, allowing the iMac’s display to be tilted to allow the user to use it like a tablet device. Users will be able to switch between the touch-oriented iOS operating system and the full-fledged Mac OS X that is normally available on an iMac. Users will be able to switch between operating systems by touching specific areas of the display, and the iMac will alternate between touch input and mouse/keyboard input depending on the orientation of the device, thanks to a built-in accelerometer. Of course, it’s worth remembering that a patent application doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple plans to turn it into an actual product, but it does seem like a pretty good idea.
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