Originally Posted by MacApple21
Regarding the current iMac, I couldn't disagree more with you. The current design, is in my mind, superp. I genuinely believe that the iMac is the most beautiful desktop ever produced.
In addition would a design like you describe, mean that the need for an XMac would be revived due to the slower chips being used in such iMac.
I really, respectfully, don't hope your ideas are realized
If they used the i5-2400s, it would perform the same as the current i7. They would be a notch down from what's available at this generation but I don't think it matters any more once you reach this level of performance for the iMac. If they pull the price of the iMac down by dropping the 27" and going with 24" instead, they can lower the Mac Pro entry price too.
The costs may not be significantly higher if they can mould the parts.
I agree that the current design is best to get the highest performance parts in there but it's going to hinder what touch features they can put into it and Apple puts the user experience before raw specs.
At some point, they are going to want to put display adjustment in there and you can't do that with peripheral ports on the back of the screen. Maybe they can have some sort of hybrid where the motherboard and GPU go behind the screen to maintain performance but the IO ports, PSU and drives go in the base but that will likely cause some reliability issues if they can even build a design like that at all.
Originally Posted by hoolahoophugs
As interesting as that sounds, apple would never make a product with a detachable display. They hate superfluous design.
It wouldn't be superfluous as it helps in packaging and support. Think of the base like a Mini that is twice the height but goes into a dome with a small flattened top. Then the arm is a single cylinder just like the old design with flat clips that attach to the flat top of the base and the back of the very thin display. When packing into the box, the box only has to be the same width as the height of the base.
When it comes to support, if you have a display issue, you unclip the screen and ship it back to Apple in a very thin box. If you have a computer issue, you just ship the small base back. When they bring out a new one, you keep the screen and upgrade the base as they'd sell the base as Minis.