[quote]Originally posted by eliahu:
How did this set a new paradigm? PC manufacturers continue to produce modular, ugly systems for consumers and consumers continue to gobble them up. The iMac is cool , stylsh and simple but it has not set a new paradigm that I can see.
My interpretation of the statement "introduce new tools and you set new paradigms" is that it was alluding to the possibility that A/V electonics manufacturers would produce equipment designed to integrate with an iDock. I have a big problem seeing this happen. Why would A/V manufacturers change their hardware to integrate with a device that has 5% marketshare?</strong><hr></blockquote>
And your other two quotes also fall into this. What you are saying is that Apple should not do this as they do not have the marketshare to make it fly. You are obviously not arguing with me aobut the origional Macintosh as that did set the trend for nearly all OS's to follow.
As far as the iMac is concerned, yes they are still building ugly boxes, but you are seeing a lot more of the translucent plastics and all-in-one designs that remind you of the iMac, not just in computers either. I have seen irons that look like iMacs for pete's sake. And for the legacy free part of ths issue, that is happening as we speak. Apple was seriously ahead of the curve on that one and showed people that those old ports were not needed for a computer to be useful.
Which segues us nicely into USB. Sure, many computers had it back then, and sure it sounded nice, but try to find anything that used it and you could not. Apple says, "Hey, lets make a box that not only uses it, but that requires it in order to be useful!" Suddenly (it sure seemed like it was overnight) you hve more USB devices than you would have ever thought possible. Sounds like driving the market to me.
I won't even get into firewire and where that is heading.
Lack of marketshare will not stop Apple from putting anything out, and neither should it. Vision is what we have been seeing, some of it is not fully realized, but hey, you can't always hit homeruns.