Originally Posted by JDW
I have to agree with this assessment of the article. The title was just bait, pure and simple. I like most of the articles here, but this one was seriously lacking. The title basically said "New iMac features..." and then opening the article revealed "...but we cannot tell you what those features are." In such a case, you should forgo writing the article at all until you have some juicy facts to present.
With regards to the article, it was a pretty blatant fluff piece with a shiny gold title to lure us in. But in AI’s defense, it has brought over 100 comments and who knows how many readers in today.
Now with regard to new features...
Unlike others, I am happy to live with a DuoCore. Just make sure it runs at 4.06GHz. Seriously, I shudder to think how clock speeds will have to drop in order to get a quadcore running cool in a paper-thin design.
I hope the low power desktop C2Ds are used. The ones that Intel specifically designed so that AIOs don’t have to use notebook-grade chips anymore. You get performance at a lower price, but that does mean that an iMac redesign would be in order and that Apple can’t benefit as much from bulk buying of CPUs that are now in the iMac and MBP line.
One thing we can’t test, but Apple could (and probably has) is the performance benefits with Snow Leopard when using a faster C2D, a slower C2Q and which is the best bang for the buck.
I like most aspects of glossy screens, but unlike most glossy screen advocates, I do not feel it is right for me to cast my preference down others throats nor ridicule my fellow Mac users simply because glare hurts their eyes. Even so, I am hoping for more than a "matte option." Okay Ive and Jobs, go ahead and give us another glass covered screen. But give us one where the glass used is museum grade, cutting out more than 90% of the reflections. Do that, and most of the matte people will immediately halt all negative comments on the screen and start buying Macs in droves. As an AAPL shareholder, I want to see that happen.
And one more wish... Fix the Uneven Backlight Problem
, Apple! Such is an insult to our intelligent and my pocket book. I pay more for Apple quality. I therefore have a right to expect more than you get from the likes of DELL.
I prefer glossy for the rich colours, but understand that others prefer matte. I wish matte were an option, and it looks like it is possible for a fee since they have been trying it with the 17” MBP. All I know for sure is that glossy is going no where. Maybe we need a special glass covering that allows the user to toggle F-keys up and down to make the glass more or less reflective, which would allow for a more balanced half and half effect for some and other settings for others. I have no idea if such a things could be done within such a small space using electricity, but imagination is where science starts.
Put a flash drive in the iMac, for goodness sake. And make it affordable. If you cannot do that, at least offer something along the lines of the Velociraptor. It is quite sad though that a drive so amazing as the Velociraptor is still capped at 300GB, even now with it being August 2009. Has hard drive innovation come to a complete stop? Bigger is good (we're up to 2TB now), but "wicked fast" is important for a hard drive in a Mac. It's amazing how much faster the Mac is with a faster hard disk, even without a faster CPU or video card upgrade. And no, I don't think we should be forced to eat up desk space with externals to accomplish this.
It’s 300GB because the actual drive is 2.5”. I would imagine that 500GB Velociraptor drives aren’t too far away, though for the money and increased speed I’d just for an SSD at this point. But that is I needed a super fast boot drive, which most iMac users don’t. For overall performance for a data drive tests show that a very large, though partially used hard drive can
yield better results for the money.
• SD Card slot - definitely
I think that is an SD card is included in the rest of the Mac line up that it means that Mac OSes will eventually be delivered over that medium with purchases, and eventually otpical drives will be dropped from their notebook line. There is no justification to remove them from the desktop machines for some time but the notebooks can’t get slimmer and mostly have a large component wasting space in them.
I think eSATA is a no go if they haven’t done it at this point. The lack of power in the spec seems to be a real killer.
Is USB 3.0 ports shipping as standard on any consumer PC yet? Apple is rarely the first to enter into this stuff, just usually the first to embrace it over their entire product line.
Give me something old-school, for crying out loud. I am sick and tired of keyboards designed for pre-teens, which look like they've been run over by a MACK truck. I have a March 2009 3.06GHz iMac at the office and the keyboard looks slick but it is just absurd to use. I got a DESKTOP Mac, not a notebook. If I want to lose all tactile feedback, I will buy a notebook -- or rap my fingers across my desk, which basically has the same feel. Just don't force the existing keyboard abomination down my throat. Give us a good keyboard like the those Apple used to make for normal people.
I use a Mac notebook an personally love the keyboard. If you don’t you can buy the keyboard of your choice from a 3rd-party. This is pretty trivial since you are using an iMac. There are certainly things Apple doesn’t do as good as other companys. Take the standard iPod headphones, for example. I don’t the keyboard will get more old-school, if they change it I would think they would go even flatter or something else wild.