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Remember that report from late last week that Apple was sampling displays for an upcoming touchscreen iMac? Well, fuggedaboutit.

For now, at least.

Last Friday, the Taiwanese market-watchers at DigiTimes reported that the touch-panel and solar-panel manufacturer Sintek had supplied Apple with samples of their projected capacitive touch panels for a Cupertinian once-over.

This Tuesday, DigiTimes issued a concise retraction: "Barry Wu, VP and spokesperson of Sintek Photronics has denied reports that the company is sampling projected capacitive touch panels for Apple's iMac."

Well, that's that.

Those uninitiated in the ways of Jobs & Co might think: "Wu could merely be covering up, denying involvement to keep the secret a secret." But they'd be wrong.

In you humble Reg reporter's experience since the Jobsian Second Coming in the late '90's, the first rule about working with Apple is that you don't talk about working with Apple. That means no confirmations, no denials, no hints, no facial tics, no hand gestures, no nuthin'.

As one industry rep recently told your reporter when asked about his company's involvement in a known Cupertinian endeavor: "Apple? I can't even talk about the fruit!"

So if Wu says he's not working with Apple, odds are high that he's not working with Apple.

Touchscreen iMac rumors — intriguing patent or no intriguing patent — will have to wait for another day. ®

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