Touch-screen samples bolster iMac Touch rumours

Persistent rumours that Apple is developing a touch-screen version of its all-in-one iMac desktop computer have been given a boost.

Industry-watching Taiwanese tech dirt digger Digitimes is reporting that panel maker Sintek Photronics has been seen sneaking samples in through the back door of Apple's Cupertino Campus.

The capacitive touch panels, which are few and far between in sizes beyond 20 inches, may have been redesigned to Apple specifications to match the company's current 21.5 and 27-inch iMac range.

The report also suggests that the Apple-specced panels will have the touch sensors directly embedded in the screen's glass covering rather than in a secondary layer, which would make for lighter, and possibly cheaper, screens.

Apple has recently applied for patents on a number of technologies which directly point to a touch screen iMac in the offing.