Originally Posted by oneaburns
Personally, I love the current design and don't think it needs a new one. However, like with a car, I don't want to get one and then a month later they come out with a new one that's even better looking and mine suddenly looks dated.
I think the Cinema Display looks nicer than the 27" iMac:
Except, I don't like the white Apple logo. It could have the word iMac written in a similar way to the Macbook Pro so it's less distracting.
The optical drive takes up a lot of space in the desktop and quite honestly, I think the iMac internals are a bit of a mess when you compare them to the laptops, Mini and Pro, with wires and connectors strewn everywhere.
The hard drive is in totally the wrong place IMO because air is being sucked in from the vents at the base, passed over the CPU and GPU and then over the HDD and finally out the vent at the top. The HDD should be at the base so it gets the cool air first and they should use 2.5" drives so they can be easily pulled out the bottom like the RAM and allow easy fitting of an SSD - one of those internal drives can be used for Time Machine to save having an external drive on your desk.
Taking out the optical will allow shuffling major components around and get closer to the Cinema Display form factor. The closer it gets to a display form factor, the more impressive it is that there's a desktop computer inside.
Anyway, the next one won't arrive until April 8th at least as that's the rumoured launch date for Ivy Bridge. The new NVidia Kepler and AMD mobile GPUs should be available too, although it seems NVidia will be in Q1 vs AMD in Q2.
Samsung has an NVidia 630M in one of their Macbook Air-style laptops:http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news...bile-gpus.aspx
Notice the shared GPU memory - 2GB dedicated + 2GB shared = 4GB total VRAM. Kepler chips have shared virtual memory. The GPU specs listed here:http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/Note...specifications
Double the CUDA cores of the 330M GT but 75% of the processor clock.http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.63761.0.htmlhttp://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.66964.0.html
They only seem to have two options so far though and they still don't match the Radeon 6970M so there's no real reason to switch to NVidia for the iMac. I expect there will be other models announced in Q2.
It would be nice to see a 23/24" 1080p model on the low-end for the iMac instead of a 21.5".