And as for the iMac not being a mid-box. Well.
*Shrugs. It occupies the 'mid ground' in Apple's desktops. Regardless of conventional comparisons.
The Mac was never a conventional desktop. It invented the desktop as we know it. So it's quite comical to say it's not this or that.
It offers 3/4s the gpu power of most PC set ups...and an i7 cpu that takes some beating...and a beauty of a 27 inch screen.
The top end is compelling value compared to the mac pro.
The iMac is THE Mac. It's what the original Mac dreamed of being.
It's a stunning machine. It will in simple evolutionary terms become more powerful than ever. And with Haswell Xeon 10 cores next year with comparable thermal badges to the current chips then who knows where the iMac can go. That's up to Apple, I guess. But the iMac got 2 cores then 4...so I guess 6 or 8 or more isn't out the question...
The days of needing a whole room to send man under neath the radiation belt are over. The days of need a big honking box are other for the vast majority of users.
The 'workstation' like the desktop like the laptop like the tablet will morph what we think of as a computing device. The iMac has been encroaching on the Pro's territory for a while now. And the top end iMac smacks the entry 'pro' good and proper for performance bang for buck value.
I don't doubt there'll be a new 'pro' in 2013...but I'm guessing Apple will pull it's design around a bit. Long over due.
The iMac is going to become even better with Haswell and the Radeon 8xxx class gpu. That, SSD and 8-16 gigs of ram and you have a sexy beast of a machine. All that in a 2inch enclosure. Impressive.
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