I don't think it's aesthetically great (base could possibly be shorter and designed to look less like a grumpy face) but the concept is the main thing. The current iMac design is limited in a number of ways:
- The IO and power ports on the back means you can't move the screen a lot while peripherals are plugged in, certainly not flat for touch
- With the parts being in the screen, it makes the screen very heavy so it's not easy to move around quickly
The above concept has a number of benefits:
- It means Apple can build Mac Minis in that style and this means if you wanted to upgrade to an iMac, you buy the touch display and attach it.
- If you need to replace a damaged screen, you just detach it and ship just the screen back.
- If you need to get the base fixed, just detach it - in both cases, no more lugging heavy parts back to the Apple store.
- They can more easily offer anti-glare options.
- The packaging is smaller (top right)
- The ports would be at the back of the base so won't interfere with the movement.
- The screen would be much lighter and could be pulled down to touch-mode very quickly and also swivelled into portrait - size of the display would be 22-24" @ 1080p.
- The bezel is uniform so it works in any orientation.
- Given that it's just a Mini on the bottom, the price should be lower - the base dimension would be like drawing a circle round the current Mini and 2-3x the height. Double the height is probably enough and would allow more drives for storage in the Mini Server for extra RAID options.
- Because the display doesn't need to be opened to allow servicing computer parts, they can laminate the glass onto the panel meaning lower refraction, better touch input, less glare and lighter as they can use thinner glass.
There are a few drawbacks, which include:
- Small base means slower parts but right now, 65W parts are as fast as the current high-end i7 iMac and even the quad MBP parts are. Technology moves on so the next i7s will be even faster but direct touch input is going to be very important.
- It means some assembly when you get it but not much - ideally, the arm would lock into place with a simple mechanism.
- display movement might have to be restricted to prevent damaging the display by banging it off the desk