Apple Patent For Object-Recognising, Touchscreen iMacs Re-Filed

A touchscreen iMac definitely makes sense when Lenovo, HP and the like are doing similar all-in-one touchscreens, so it's of note that Apple's re-filed a patent for the "shape detecting input device".

Last month the patent, originally filed in 2004, was brought to our attention, where a sort of soft key could be held up to the screen of an iMac - a touchscreen one - and used to turn it on and off. The fact that Apple re-filed the patent again at the end of 2009 suggests it's something they'd like to explore - however daft it may be. It could be put to better use with other recognisable objects such as a credit card or mobile phone, like the Microsoft Surface does.

We're still awaiting a touchscreen iMac after months, if not years of rumours, but the last we heard was that a 22-inch model is in the works, due for release this year. [Apple Insider]

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