Originally Posted by Ochyming
Consistency it IS what is called.
Look at Porsche, is there a need to screw that?
Remember how Apple often look at European car manufacturers for influence?
Less sophisticate people hate apple for its consistent approach to design.
The car analogy is a good one. If I'm not mistaken, Jobs has referred to it before.
Originally Posted by Shaun, UK
The iMac design hasn't changed for the past 5 years. The MBP hasn't changed for the past 4 years and hasn't changed that much for the past 11 years. The floppy, CD, retina display are internal changes. They're not design changes which is what I was talking about. Gone are the days when Apple had radical new designs every few years like the colour iMac, the Mac Cube, iMac Sunflower. Now it the same design year after year.
I don't understand why you look at external design and use that alone to call Apple a company that resists changes, and just dismiss the internal changes which are in fact more important technology changes. Basically, you're cherrypicking to support a false premise.
Let's look at external design changes:
- The color iMac G3 was introduced in 1998.
- The flower pot iMac G4 was introduced in 2002. What's important about that wasn't the flower pot design. Instead, it was the adoption of the flat panel display.
- Then came iMac G5 in 2004. This was indeed a rapid rev from G4. What's important this was that the flat panel was the entire computer.
- The Intel iMac was introduced in 2006. The big deal was Intel Inside. No change externally.
- The aluminum iMac was introduced in 2007. Not a big change in the shape at all, except it was thinner.
- The unibody aluminum iMac came out in 2009.
So really, there have been 5 major designs for the iMac, coming out in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009. If Apple releases the next form factor in 2013, will it really be much slower than their track record?