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post #1 of 36
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Please tell me I'm not seeing this correctly:

Do I see a touch sensitive power button on the back???
This is very very very bad! If this is the case, imagine how many people are going to have their new iMacs go to sleep for no good reason because they put thier speaker to far back or they have thier printer too close to the iMac etc...
I really hope I'm wrong on this one.
post #2 of 36
Are those buttons not heat sensitive rather than pressure?
post #3 of 36
[quote]Originally posted by kaboom:
<strong>Please tell me I'm not seeing this correctly:

Do I see a touch sensitive power button on the back???
This is very very very bad! If this is the case, imagine how many people are going to have their new iMacs go to sleep for no good reason because they put thier speaker to far back or they have thier printer too close to the iMac etc...
I really hope I'm wrong on this one.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Unbunch your panties dude. This ain't a fatal flaw. I think it's fine. Unless you have fingers the size of cuccumbers...the base is 10 1/2 inches in diameter...!

Reach around with your left hand, push button and your on...now where is the restart button though... <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
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post #4 of 36
keyboard will have power button on it...as far as accidently hitting the off button on the back...it will probably be hard to do...i have to hit just right and fairly firmly on my current iMac to turn it on....g

plus, at work i am constantly turning off my pc with my foot as the tower is on the floor...now that is a system that is too easy to accidently turn off....g
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post #5 of 36
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I guess I worded my problem incorrectly.
Is this power "button" like the cube's power button?
The cube's power button wasn't a button but just an area that was sensitive to things that were on top of it. All you had to do was put something on top or over it and it would sleep/shutdown.
post #6 of 36
I just wish there was a headphone jack round the front.
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post #7 of 36
Oh, it won't be hard to feel around for that first hole and stick the plug into it. I'm glad they didn't ruin the clean look of the front with any ports or anything.

It's a 10 inch base - it's not like you're reaching around some big machine to get to them.

As for it being heat sensitive like the Cube - if it is, it's at least in a place less likely to be triggered than the top of the Cube.
post #8 of 36
all this talk about sensitive areas and reach arounds. Stop please!!
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post #9 of 36
[quote]Originally posted by Gigawire:
<strong>all this talk about sensitive areas and reach arounds. Stop please!!</strong><hr></blockquote>

LMAO!!!
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post #10 of 36
The arrangment of ports and the power button is strange. I'm assuming it has something to do with the way things are arranged internally.

I would have preferred the power button on the front, along with perhaps one firewire and one USB for digital hub devices.

Here's an idea - turn the computer itself sideways, and then spin the monitor so it faces front. Now you've got ports and power on one side, and the CD tray on the other side.
post #11 of 36
I don't think that the power button is a shut down/sleep. It probably does what my powerbook powerbutton does, just show a prompt with 'restart', 'sleep', 'cancel', and 'shutdown' as its options, but not shutdown the computer.
post #12 of 36
[quote]Originally posted by BRussell:
<strong>The arrangment of ports and the power button is strange. I'm assuming it has something to do with the way things are arranged internally.

I would have preferred the power button on the front, along with perhaps one firewire and one USB for digital hub devices.

Here's an idea - turn the computer itself sideways, and then spin the monitor so it faces front. Now you've got ports and power on one side, and the CD tray on the other side.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I had just the same idea. In fact, I think if you turn it so that the ports are on the left and the tray is on the right, the power button is right up front.
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post #13 of 36
[quote]Originally posted by kaboom:
<strong>Please tell me I'm not seeing this correctly:

Do I see a touch sensitive power button on the back???
This is very very very bad! If this is the case, imagine how many people are going to have their new iMacs go to sleep for no good reason because they put thier speaker to far back or they have thier printer too close to the iMac etc...
I really hope I'm wrong on this one.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Having used the Apple touch/heat/proximity buttons/sensors, I long for the days of prototyping circuits at home with an old-style toggle switch. REAL switches are on my iMac III wish list here...

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post #14 of 36
Jeez, this is like arguing if bras are better whether they detach from the back or front...adapt!
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post #15 of 36
Front is better, definately.
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[quote]Originally posted by Artman @_@:
<strong>Jeez, this is like arguing if bras are better whether they detach from the back or front...adapt! </strong><hr></blockquote>

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post #17 of 36
[quote]Originally posted by BRussell:
<strong>Here's an idea - turn the computer itself sideways, and then spin the monitor so it faces front. Now you've got ports and power on one side, and the CD tray on the other side.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I prefer that the mug holder pop out the front of the computer, but I can adapt and reach a little further to the side. Good suggestion.
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post #18 of 36
whats the hole to the left of the headphone jack then?
post #19 of 36
[quote]Originally posted by MarcUK:
<strong>whats the hole to the left of the headphone jack then?</strong><hr></blockquote>

the lock
post #20 of 36
There is no power button on the keyboard..Wouldn't there also be a power button on the monitor?

&lt;sarcasm&gt;Since apple is touting it as a digital appliance why in the world would you ever want to turn it off?&lt;/sarcasm&gt;
post #21 of 36
Yeah, I figured Apple would put the touch-sensitive "power" and "display" buttons on the front of the LCD like the ASD's have.
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post #22 of 36
Why wouldn't the Apple on the front act as a power button?
post #23 of 36
Why wouldn't the Apple on the front act as a power button?
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neat idea!


not sure why everyone thinks there will be no power button on the new keyboard...it could happen...g
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post #24 of 36
The button is a conventional button, not like the Cube. you're no more likely to hit that button than you are likely to hit any other computer's on button, I'd say. It's flush...it would take a miracle jab to hit and depress.

There's no power button on the display. There are two dots on the display though. There is a mic on the bottom left and a power-light on the bottom right.
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post #25 of 36
Ok, I get the whole power button thing, no problem really, push it once on and, never look back.

But, doesn't the Power-Plug look like "Mickey Mouse" ?
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post #26 of 36
Look at how close the air inlet holes are at the base - What if a big mug of coffee went all over my desk!!! <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />

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post #27 of 36
people should replace their optical drives with nice cup holders and put the optical drives in an external fire wire chassis. Best of both worlds.....or is it?
post #28 of 36
[quote]Originally posted by pepsi:
<strong>There is no power button on the keyboard..Wouldn't there also be a power button on the monitor?</strong><hr></blockquote>

I saw a Today Show segment yesterday that included a look at the new iMac. The guy showing it (the usual Today Show gadget-geek) LOVED it. He said he was going to by one.

Oh yeah, the point of this post: I'm pretty sure he turned it on from the keyboard.
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post #29 of 36
[quote]Originally posted by spotbug:
<strong>I'm pretty sure he turned it on from the keyboard.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Ok, my memory has come back more fully now. The iMac was already on. The guy ejected the CD tray from the keyboard.
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post #30 of 36
The power icon on the Cube and flat displays are not touch sensitive. They're not heat sensitive, either. It's static capicitance. Meaning, basically, that a part of your anatomy (or perhaps your pets, I don't have inside pets to test this theory with) is the only thing that will activate it.

That said, the power button on the iMac is clearly an actual mechanical button, not just a power icon. It wouldn't make sense otherwise -- since people have to reach around to the back for the power button, they need something tactile to feel for.

I don't think putting the power button on the back is a bad idea though. Just put the computer to sleep and wake it by hitting any key. Easy enough.
post #31 of 36
It looks like the same kind of button found on Power Macs and the old iBooks/PowerBooks.
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post #32 of 36
What is that unlabeled hole on the far side, opposite the power button?
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post #33 of 36
[quote]Originally posted by ART JRK:
<strong>What is that unlabeled hole on the far side, opposite the power button?</strong><hr></blockquote>

Lock.
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post #34 of 36
[quote]Originally posted by TangerineJoe:
<strong>But, doesn't the Power-Plug look like "Mickey Mouse" ?
hmmmmmmmmm... what does it all mean? lol joe</strong><hr></blockquote>

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post #35 of 36
What do you mean by lock?. (the hole) . Does it lock the unit together or is it for threading a chain lock into. (looks a bit small for that)
post #36 of 36
[quote]Originally posted by MarcUK:
<strong>What do you mean by lock?. (the hole) . Does it lock the unit together or is it for threading a chain lock into. (looks a bit small for that)</strong><hr></blockquote>

I think it's the hole for the Kensington Lock.
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