Mac OS X and iOS Shown Running on a 21″ Touch Screen (Videos)
Ever wondered how Mac OS X would work with a large touch screen? Curious how iOS would perform on a bigger screen than the iPad’s 9.7″ display? These videos will show you how both of Apple’s fine OS’s look on a 21″ touch panel. The Mac OS X video is shown above and the iOS video is embedded below.
No, this is not some sneak peak at an upcoming Apple product. It’s a Dell ST2220T multi-touch monitor hooked up to a Mac, and iOS is running in the same iPad simulator that installs with Xcode and the iOS development toolkit. Usability and practicality aside, it does show an interesting proof of concept.
It is vaguely possible something similar to this will appear in Apple’s lineup down the road. Last year Apple was awarded a patent that showed an iMac touch that ran both Mac OS X and iOS, depending on how the screen was orientated, and several other touchscreen Mac patents have been awarded to Apple, ranging from general a Mac-like touch UI to full blown touchscreen MacBooks. Patents don’t necessarily mean any such imminent product, but it does demonstrate that Apple is exploring the idea.
Will we ever see a touchscreen Mac? Probably not in it’s current form, but you just never know.