Last updated on November 26th, 2014

Apple looking at dual-mode touchscreen desktops and laptops

With Mac OS X and iOS both sharing a lot of underlying code, and touchscreen interfaces becoming more popular, there is certainly reason to believe that Apple could leverage an iOS-like touchscreen interface for future computers. Patently Apple recently discovered a patent application filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization earlier this year, which reveals that Apple has considered how both desktop and laptop computers could switch from a more traditional desktop UI best suited for use with a keyboard and mouse to a UI geared for touch input. Such machines could use a sort of hybrid between Mac OS X and iOS, switching UI layers for the most appropriate context.