The top end iMac is a fine desktop machine.
It is insanely powerful.
It blows my old dual core 3 gigger out the water. Boot up times is electric. Super fast. 8 gigs of ram. Easy to add more.
Blazingly fast cpu, powerful gpu (10th fastest?), 8 gigs of ram...and a SSD/HD combo that gives me blazing fast boot up and program launch. (*Never thought I'd see the day, Photoshop launched in a second or two.)
It has a beautiful 27 inch monitor with an incredibly high resolution.
This is a workstation.
Sure, I payed over 2k over it...but you could hardly call any of Apple's desktops value for money compared to 'sane' PC prices.
Take £800 off for the monitor and you're left with a consumer cube 'tower'...for about £1200-£1400 for an i7, 680mx, 8 gigs of ram, fusion drive beastie.
I doubt it will ever happen. The iMac sells more units than the mini and the pro put together by double and then some I should imagine.
Time has passed the tower/cube by.
Like someone said above, Apple left that market. It's not like Apple is supported by lots of 3rd party gpus or anything...
It's laptops....biscuit tins or a laptop on a stand with a large monitor thrown in. That's the choice. Apple style.
I'm more than happy with this iMac workstation.
It really is an astonishing blend of art and tech'.
There's nothing compromising about it at all.
The last time I owned a 'tower' Mac it could handle Photoshop files at 72 dpi comfortably. This iMac is lightyears ahead of that. The shifting sands of computer power. It's mighty fine for 3d rendering. It can do lots of stuff at the same time. It's bladdy fast.
Plenty fast for Photoshop, Lightwave 3D for me.
It kicks ass.
Lemon Bon Bon.