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post #121 of 216
Of all the mockups I've seen, and especially the ones posted in this thread, considering the XtremMac as a mockup, I think the XtremMac is the best-looking, most realistic, and most Apple-like. Sure, a bit retro, but retro-futuristic, stylish, and surely unique. It could be done in a light aluminum, yet still appear to be heavy and massive while not taking up any more space (perhaps less) than the current PowerMac.
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post #122 of 216
Actually, correction. Thinner, more refined, and more austere than retro is this Appelele mockup which bears some resemblance:

http://theapplecollection.com/design...fulmac_r7.html





If the PowerMac design is close to this, I might consider it over a portable for my next purchase.
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post #123 of 216
Just for the hell of it, this is what I cooked up....

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I like this a lot! A Power Mac with xServe design language. Vertical symmetry would be cool too. The xServe and xRaid hard disk modules are smaller than a 5.25" bay, so there may have to be some mods to it for realistic dimensions. However, I'm fine with what you have and having more than module design.
post #125 of 216
Ok, version 1.5

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I don't like it at all. The Xserve language doesn't fit the PM at all because beasically the Xserve is designed to fit an industrial space and it's shape is dictated by that, they chose nice materials and a good design for the drives/access, but the "look" is completely incedental to the use. The more I look at Xserve style PM mock ups the more I know that the two looks don't match.

The PM is supposed to sit on or under a desk and have a bunch of periperals hooked into it at any given time. It wants to be in an environment where it might get shoved around a bit, handled, opened, closed etc etc. Those metal boxes just look like metal boxes, they aren't inviting in the least. The PM has to also be attractive, the horizontal lines of the Xsere do not interact with the vertical shape of the PM in any sort of flattering way.

It just ends up looking like one of those gawdy taiwanese aluminium cases.
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post #127 of 216
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Actually, correction. Thinner, more refined, and more austere than retro is this Appelele mockup which bears some resemblance:

http://theapplecollection.com/design...fulmac_r7.html





If the PowerMac design is close to this, I might consider it over a portable for my next purchase.

So you can stand it up or lay it down like the PS2? That's sweet and the design is nice too. I think tho that the grooves should not encompass the entire case, maybe just as an accent somewhere. It's too rigid, too busy and not smooth flowing lines like Apple usually releases [except xserve]
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post #128 of 216
What the hell......

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What the hell......


El capitan still wins my heart. Slot-loading just blows, but what is the darker square near the bottom, out of curiosity?
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post #130 of 216
Might as well give it a shot:


Mockup

edit: There would be a curved recess in the top of the case to allow you to get your hand around the "handle".
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Ok, version 1.5


What does it look like with the 3.5" drives in a vertical position? You might be able to fit three or four in that way :drool:

I like the mix of Xserve and PowerMac. It makes the PM look more powerful.
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post #132 of 216
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Originally posted by CAM
Might as well give it a shot:


Mockup

edit: There would be a curved recess in the top of the case to allow you to get your hand around the "handle".

Dig the grilles! For me it's all about the grilles, the aluminum, and the rounded corners.
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post #133 of 216
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Might as well give it a shot:




edit: There would be a curved recess in the top of the case to allow you to get your hand around the "handle".

Hands down the nicest look so far, but probably a bit overly expensive to mfg. as the handle and shape looks more like a billet structure than something easily achieved in polycarbonate. I like this look a lot though. It kind of has a bit of the techno-sleek look of the Powerbooks and XServes combined with a good ol' fashioned radio. It's like techno-retro, perhaps even a bit of a modern interpretation on the Art Deco look.

I know a lot want to see the handles retained, and I admit to liking them too... but I just don't feel you can integrate the handles into the current Mac design scheme, without having them fold away or conceal. Which could be the direction to go with it.

As far as the cube idea... why does it have to be a "Small" cube. The old NeXT Dimension cubes were more akin to a regular desktop footprint in size, only bigger. So instead of a 12" cube, it'd be more like a 15-17" cube.

I also like the "pizza box" NeXT-Slab look... and could see something like the above theme applied to that, sans handles, or perhaps with a pair of loop handles off of the back. I do believe a single slot Mac based off of the eMac platform could be a good "entry-level" machine to undercut the all-in-one's... but I don't feel it will spawn itself from the "PRO" line motherboard.

As far as the Alienware cases... they're not built by Alienware, they're made by Chieftec in England ( http://www.chieftec.com/ ) and the revised version is a version made by Chieftec's Chinese affiliate. The Chieftec case is known as the "Dragon", while the Chinese case is called the XPider. The only differences that I've seen are the two-tone colors and the differing door design.

I've also heard rumor that they (Alienware) might sell a Thermaltake case-equipped PC but I'm uncertain of that. You can find all of these PC cases at http://www.case-mod.com/ or http://www.colorcases.com/ The Thermaltake case is viewable at http://www.thermaltake.com/. It's not as sharp as the Chieftec cases, but with case fan controls, temperature monitoring, and some of the most wicked heat sink fans out there... it's definitely a cool case from a tech standpoint.

Apple's look will likely be shaped more like an iPod I figure, as in that "filleted-rectangle" look. It'll probably be at least partially aluminum, if not aluminum and aluminum colored plastic, or perhaps a clear/tinted clear, or silver plastic. I would say the "Lucite" look like the iPod, but it would contrast with the pro-lineup laptops; which I think Apple is trying to create two distinctive looks... the iLine (white lucite and clear) and the pro line (aluminum).

This of course is presumptious that Apple sticks with the same design philosophy. I'm inclined to believe that they will for a bit, but I do believe there will be a radically redesigned case design for desktops eventually. Losing the handles would kind of suck, but I don't see much way of keeping them and following the new design theme, unless you push in on a set of scribed rectangular shapes on the top of the case or front of the case and a spring-loaded set of handles pop-up out of the top of the case or the front/back of the case. That could probably be done for an affordable sum, or perhaps a pair of of handles that are hinged to the top of the case (via nice quality machine screws) and fold over the front and back of the case to appear "hidden".
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post #134 of 216
I like the small silver boxes with the grooves round it, PS2 stylie one. But if its a powermac, threre MUST be plenty of space for upgrade cards.

Custom sound hardware, gfx, video capture etc. Maybe with the new pci technology (I think intel are calling it pci-express) would enable these cool silver boxes to be linked together
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post #135 of 216
what i like about this one is that I can envision a push in/slide out method of accessing the innards. Instead of having to have the extra room on your desk to open the side door as now, you can just have everything come straight out. Motherboard on one side, drives, etc on the other. It would have to come out on rails that were strong enough to support it in the open poistion even while being worked on, cards pushed in, etc. And counter balanced as well. If you had enough slack in your cords you wouldn't have to disconnect them they would just follow the case inside. If you could combine this idea with CAM's design, that would be cool.

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post #136 of 216
It's just like a PC? The drop down door gives access between all the components not just viewing access. What you have there is just like pulling the case off a 9500. There is no diff.
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post #137 of 216
Well, I guess I'll put up my "mods" of other's ideas. I say this because I took some existing pix and changed them to look similar to the existing PowerMac case. Just for comparison, I added the existing case into the picture. As is obvious, The current case is on the left and XServe style is in the middle. I liked Outsider's black ribbed idea and incorporated it into the XServe styled case, the result is on the right.

BTW, the XServe case has input vents to accommodate a 92mm fan, and the case on the far right can accommodate a 120mm input fan. Exhaust air leaves throught the top and the rear of the case. Still working on views for that . . . Internal arrangement could allow for 4 internal IDE HDDs (mounted vertically , ala Lian Li PC61 case, behind the front intake fan), and as can be seen, two 5.25" externally accessible bays for DVD / CD drives. Extra fan provisions can be incorporated into the left side panel (I'm still working on some ideas there). A flush bar-type handle can be incorporated into the top panel (flush, because I'd like to preserve smooth lines and case strength). The thing to remember about fans is . . . smaller diameter fans require higher RPMs to produce significant airflow, and thus are noisy because of the higher RPMs. A larger diameter fan can run quieter because it doesn't need to run as fast, while producing an appreciable amount of airflow.

I also experimented with changing the colors of the aluminum to give it an anodized color effect. I think the brushed aluminum effect with the black looks the most professional,



Special thanks to Outsider for helping me here!

And yes, it looks like a PC variant, but there are only so many ways you can situate the items for internal layout and keep things small. I also would like to see Apple's offerings allow for more "personalization" of the case. Flat panel aluminum allows for easier personal modding.

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post #138 of 216
These 2 at least have seams in the right places so a drop down side pannel could work.

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post #139 of 216
I like this one:
http://www.geocities.com/thenewg5/

Keeps the handles, albeit in a different form, and is a nod to the El Capitan case.

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I like this one:
http://www.geocities.com/thenewg5/

Keeps the handles, albeit in a different form, and is a nod to the El Capitan case.

tsukurite

Me likes ! Looks nice and clean with a jet-fighter look to it.

And I also give a nod to macJedai too, looks much more refined than my original although I think there is not much need for so many front ports. Apple would not put so many up front; USB would be had on the keyboard or monitor (most non-Apple monitors support this now) and I think one firewire would be sufficient, for it would mostly be used for quick temporary hard drive hook ups or a vid camera hook up. Other than that looks sharp.
post #141 of 216
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I like this one:
http://www.geocities.com/thenewg5/

Keeps the handles, albeit in a different form, and is a nod to the El Capitan case.

tsukurite

#1) How do you open it?

Mochups are nice, but Apple will do much better IMO.
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post #142 of 216
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#1) How do you open it?

Mochups are nice, but Apple will do much better IMO.

Look at the photo again, you can clearly see the latch to open it above the logo as it is currently.

I like the idea, but the F16 Hornet style vents are to recessed and wimpy looking. Also, I don't think one is needed underneath as it looks unstable because of it.
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post #143 of 216


All these designs look like Rotel POWER AMPLIFIERS. (which are very high quality by the way and look very nice next to Apple computers).

http://www.rotel.com/na/index.htm
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post #144 of 216
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All these designs look like Rotel POWER AMPLIFIERS. (which are very high quality by the way and look very nice next to Apple computers).

http://www.rotel.com/na/index.htm

See, THAT looks powerful, not cuddly like an iMac, but rigid and awe-inspiring.
post #145 of 216
My $0.02:

I really don't think that Apple will base future desktop designs on the x-Serve, as a lot of the pics in the thread seem to suggest. Not that there's anything wrong with that machine: quite the contrary. I saw a rack of about a dozen of 'em in a really cool cabinet at the last MWNY. They looked fantastic, definitely enterprise or big iron level.

But it just isn't the Ive look for desk/lap tops. He seems to be about curves, clean lines, high tech plastics, simplicity. The one on the geocities page is much more like what I personally believe will be produced. Those other mock ups look too much like PCs.

I wonder if Apple will surprise us with something from left field however. Not another cube but an unforeseen form factor.

One thing is for sure: they seem to have gotten much better at keeping secrets in the last few months, so it's gonna be tough for the rumor sites!
post #146 of 216
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Originally posted by tsukurite
I like this one:
http://www.geocities.com/thenewg5/

Keeps the handles, albeit in a different form, and is a nod to the El Capitan case.

tsukurite

Nice! This seams the most 'Apple Like' of any submitted so far. Might not be to stable though?

One thing that the people doing Alu or 'sharp edged' designs have to remember is that the bottom 'handles/feet' of the current case are an integeral part of the way the hinged side works.
these feet give room for the hinge to work, without these ether it would have to run along the dead bottom corner, or be halfway up the side, and without the feet the hinge can't be 'hidden' behind anything.
Take the bottom feet off a QS tower and try and open the side.
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post #147 of 216
I like the geocities case as well. It definately seems like something that would come out of Apple.
But seriously now, that speaker has got to go. Its just rediculous, it has no point in existing. If you took it out you could have 2 more cd drives instead. Much more functionality.
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Here's one I just came up with. Pretty basic.
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This image is a great tribute to how utterly cool the el Capitan case still is! In one design you have the best of rectangles and curves. The Geocities case is good as well, but too curvey on top for zip drives, etc.
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post #150 of 216
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This image is a great tribute to how utterly cool the el Capitan case still is!

i agree. compared to those two mock-ups, the el capitan case is a work of beauty. if apple goes back to square boxes, whatever style, be it brushed metal, chrome, alu, or **shudder**beige**shudder** it will be a step backwards in exterior case design.
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The thing is that square designs are more space efficient and can be put in more places. But you're right, Apple will never go back to square designs after El Capitan **cough**Cube**TiBook**cough**

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The thing is that square designs are more space efficient and can be put in more places.

The beauty of El Capitan is that it's basically rectangular, but curved enough to be interesting. The two mockups beside it look like something out of the food service industry. I wouldn't be surprised if the one in the middle was a walk-in freezer. The one on the right could be an IBM workstation.

Even when Apple has done angular designs (and you have a point, they are tending that way, even with the iBook), they've had some extra panache.

Also, if you get rid of the bottom handles, you have to either find something else that lifts the case off the ground, or you have to find another easy way to open the case to replace El Capitan's side door.
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post #153 of 216
This is pretty old. I have a newer one that is really tight, actually it's very similar to the xServe based tower that's a few posts above this. Hopefully I can find that because it's really cool. Until then, here's this one.
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The beauty of El Capitan is that it's basically rectangular, but curved enough to be interesting. The two mockups beside it look like something out of the food service industry. I wouldn't be surprised if the one in the middle was a walk-in freezer. The one on the right could be an IBM workstation.

Even when Apple has done angular designs (and you have a point, they are tending that way, even with the iBook), they've had some extra panache.

Also, if you get rid of the bottom handles, you have to either find something else that lifts the case off the ground, or you have to find another easy way to open the case to replace El Capitan's side door.

Yes but because of the handles the effective hieght is measured from top of handle to the floor. That makes it bigger than you see. The tricky part is to make it smaller than it seems and still retain the internal space. You have a very good point on the bottom; some type of feet are required to lift it off the ground if only for an inch or so. Not only for the reason you mention but air circulation below. Notice that any el Capitan case has a metal bare bottom too help with ambiant temperature dissipation inside the case.
post #155 of 216
Nice to see my mockups still stand up this long after I did them . I was going to try a doing a new one but...




I wonder who made it into the "Bitchin' Fast" ad.
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Nice to see my mockups still stand up this long after I did them . I was going to try a doing a new one but...

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I wonder who made it into the "Bitchin' Fast" ad.

This is nice (in a sort of ALU case sort of way) but still suffers from the same 'where does the lower part of the door go when the side is open' problem as other 'square, no handles' designs.
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post #157 of 216
I've recently retired Illustrator as my illustration tool of choice and thought I should get more into Photoshop, since it offers superior transparency, masking and softness tools. And it allows you to control details like shadows and highlights much better than Illustrator. So here's my first stab at a mockup using Photoshop. I need to clean up the edges and adjust some color, but I think you'll get the idea:



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post #158 of 216
pscates: That reminds me of the "Dowen Beak G4".

kelib: Sure, El Cap is bigger because of the handles, but since the handles are purely functional, is there really any point to removing them? Especially if you can't think of a more elegant replacement?
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scates: That reminds me of the "Dowen Beak G4".

kelib: Sure, El Cap is bigger because of the handles, but since the handles are purely functional, is there really any point to removing them? Especially if you can't think of a more elegant replacement?

An elegant replacement? I can! The Powermac G5--hovercraft edition!
post #160 of 216
hey ps, do a newton/iPad next.....g

you can even make it orange if you like....
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