Apple Working On How To Bring Touchscreen To Desktops

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Earlier this week, we learned Apple is hiring engineers to help it port the touchscreen-friendly iPhone OS into more gadgets.

Now, thanks to patents uncovered by MacRumors, we’ve got an idea what kind of other gadgets Apple is thinking about: Desktops.

MacRumors found a patent application called “Shape Deteccting Input Device.” From 2004, It features the illustration on the right.

MacRumors says the application “proposes that a touch screen could be used not only as a pointer/input device but also a shape recognition device to essentially take the place of a key/lock system.”

Whether we see this feature in the wild ever or not, make no mistake: Apple (AAPL) is actively working on making computing less of a keyboard and mouse experience, and more one that involves your fingers. (And why not make desktops more like the iPhone? People are buying iPhones and iPod touches like crazy.)

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