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The Next iPad Might Be an iMac

Written on August 24, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Apple's flair for high touch might soon translate to this formula: iMac + iPad = iMac Touch.

If recent patent filings are an indicator, the next generation of the to obsess with will be an . Filed in September 2009 and published in January 2010, the European patents cover a system for an Touch, “a device that acts like a standard in one orientation and a in another.”

Here is the drill: The device works as a standard iMac or flatscreen monitor in the upright position, and its controls are still wired in the mouse and keyboard. When tilted, the controls shift to multi-touch and the operating system switches from Mac OS X to , all through the work of an accelerometer.

The document also outlines a system that would allow peripheral control of an iPhone or an iPad from the . The idea of seamless switching control modes and operating systems brings the best of both worlds from two previous devices. Dual function seems to be an interesting pick-up point for the -savvy. Imagine how many users have been wishing for their MacBook and iPad to be combined into one super device.

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