Originally Posted by pik80
No, no, the Macbook and the iPad are completely different from the iMac. I understand why those are getting thinner, they are mobile devices. I don't understand the iMac getting thinner because a) it is a desktop and b) it was already very thin. Yes they did lower performance, the 21" model has a laptop drive in it now rather then the 7800 drives that were in the previous version. I used the 21" version in the store and it was painfully slow the 27" was moderately better.
1) "Already very thin" is subjective. When each iMac design first appeared after the swivel-head models they were all very thin for their time.
2) Yes, the 21.5" iMac has a 2.5" drive instead of a 3.5" drive. It also doesn't have a way to easily change the RAM. Even when Apple made the battery internal on the MB and MBPs you could still get access to the RAM by removing 10-12 screws.
3) Your initial comment mentioning upping the performance hence I focused on aspects that are increased with YoY updates, like the CPU. If it was a 3.5" HDD before you weren't going to expect a 4.0" HDD this year. Where is the upping?
4) In Apple's defense, the performance of the Fusion Drive is upping the storage capacity performance over even a 10k HDD, which are impractical for an AIO, and it's doing it at a fraction of the cost of what a 1TB SSD would cost.
5) In your defense, the lack of a 3.5" drive and lack of external access for RAM does make it a no go for me, which is why I am im
patiently waiting for the 27" iMac to arrive, but I'm not the only customer and I'm certainly not a typical customer. I'm sure Apple knew when designing the new iMacs what they needed to include. Well, they could have made a gross error in judgment but if they don't know who is buying the 21.5" iMacs and what upgrades if any are being done after market then no one knows. I'd wager on Apple knowing these things.
6) You've clarified your argument to mean a drop in performance from 72
00 RPM to 5400 RPM. That's it! That's one thing drop in one area on one model that is easily corrected with the new Fusion Drive (which I recommend to everyone as I have been using it for months now in my 2010 13" MBP).
7) If you really wanted a 21.5" iMac with a 7200 RPM drive with no SSD then you have to go with an older model or use an eternal drive. Every single revision Apple (and every other vendor) will alienate some customer in an attempt to sell to other customers. If the aforementioned setup is what you were dreaming of you are SOL, at least with this model. I personally think the 27" model was the focus and that the next revision of the 21.5" iMac could get RAM access back.
8) Here are some other things to consider as Apple's reasoning for the new design:
- Will attract a wider range of buyers from being iconic (actually we discussed this but wanted to restate it. Consider the first flatscreen iMac with the swivel head. It was a doomed body which doesn't work for any computer component and was a bitch to fix or upgrade)
- Less material used means cheaper to build (which may not be the case since there are production issues at play)
- Lighter weight (means less cost in shipping)
- Reduced volume (means less cost for shipping and they can keep more in the stock room)
- Relative low volume of unit sales makes it a good production model to test and perfect new techniques that will find their way into other products (which could be why there are production problems. The original MBA was secretly the first unibody aluminum chassis and now we find it in the MB (as polycarb) MBP, iMac, Mac mini, apple remote, iPads, iPhone and iPods. I'm not sure they do any pressed metal or molds in any of their aluminum products)