Apple patent hints at touchscreen iMacs and MacBooks

Figure 7

FIG. 7 illustrates one example method of transitioning from high-resolution input mode UI 600 to a low-resolution input mode UI according to embodiments of the invention. FIG. 7 shows a transition effect 700 image in which certain items of UI 600 appear to "slide off the edges of display screen 601. Specifically, menu bar 603 along with menu bar items 605, dock 607 along with dock items 609, directory items 613, scrollbars 615, and mouse pointer 619 each appear to move towards the closest edge of screen 601, and continue to move off of the screen until they disappear from view. FIG. 7 also shows other items of UI 600 appearing to increase in size. Specifically, transition effect 700 appears to zoom-in on application window 611, thumbnail images 617, and buttons 618.

Image and summary taken from U.S. Patent Application number: 12/171,147 - Digitized by Google

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