I am surprised to read in these posts that the new iMac has a fan. Where can you fit a fan on that thing?... :confused: I won't believe it 'til I hear it...
As for the people bitching about lack of upgradability and video chip not up to date, well it has been the same since the first iMac. This machine targets the general folks who don't need all the bells & whistles and who won't tinker with the machine 'til they buy another one... in 5 to 10 years!
It's cheap, friendly to use, still packs a good punch and looks very good on your desk.
I do Mac support on the side, you guys should see the Macs I get to service. I've been working a lot on LC's Power Macs 7100's and 7200's and performas lately, trying to convince their owners to buy a new Mac, some of them do not feel the need for it. I know a teacher who still uses a Mac IIvx (68030 processor!) running System 7.1 and Word 5 to do all his work! even runs Photoshop 2.5 on it for scanning family photos and sending them by E-mail on a 28.8K modem!. There is a HUGE market for casual users.
If you want a machine to tinker with then the iMac is just NOT FOR YOU. I own 6 Macs personally all being used on a regular basis but one:
AT HOME: a Mac Plus with external 40GB drive and an imagewriter (this is for decoration of course, I sometimes turn it on and let the screen saver go, makes a conversation piece!), a PM7100/66 AV which I use for SCI connectivity (scanner, Zip drive), networked to an iMac 400MHz (summer 2000) which I use mostly for Internet, gaming, some light work (Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark), and the dreaded Office 2001 that I have to launch once in a while. My girlfriend also uses it for fashion design freelance jobs on occasion.
AT WORK: a Quadra 950 (Ykes!!) that I use for communicating with my Scitex Imagesetter, since a PCI or PowerPC upgrade would cost me approximately $15.000 for the 2 fiber optics communication cards and dongle; a UmaxJ700 which I use as a Print server for my color proofer and as a scan station, my main work horse is a Beige G3 MiniTower, with a G4 500MHz processor upgrade, 70GB total HD space, 512MB of RAM, a Nexus 128 (Rage) 32MB video card driving a Sony 19" G400, while the original 2MB VRAM is used to drive a 14" apple monitors (For those pesky tool palettes...)... adding to that a variety of peripherals.
MY POINT IS: I bought myself an iMac last year because I wanted a cheap computer for home. I love tinkering with my Macs, so I do find the lack of upgradability very annoying, but I decided on the purchase knowing that fact. So far I swaped the 10GB drive for a 40GB ATA100, HUGE difference, and just added a bunch of RAM. Next step, swapping the internal CD ROM drive for a CD-RW at the very least. After that, I'm stuck... probably will be selling by next fall to get a newer model. I NEVER REGRETTED MY PURCHASE. I probably will be swapping it in 2003 for a brand new iMac again, unless Apple comes up with something better.
ON another note, why the hell did they ever come up with that stupid slot loaded drive? you can't put anything else than regular CD's in there... this is one thing I really like about the New iMac: GOODBYE SLOT LOADED !!!
BOTTOM LINE IS: an iMac is NOT a work horse, and was not designed with this in mind. You want a work horse, pay the price and get what you actually need. It might seem a steep purchase if it's your 1st mac, but the day you decide to change your Tower, you can sell the Tower alone for a good price, easily up to $1000 if it's between 2-3 years old, keep your screen and peripherals then you only have to buy a new Tower, with almost half of it already paid for.
This is a very good advantage that the Mac has over the PC: a higher resale value.
I will probably get myself a G4 (G5?) for work in 2002 because my Souped-up G3 is getting a little slow compared to what's available out there, and then sell my Umax. I got a buyer for $500, believe it or not! That's a 5 year old machine!
So people, please don't complain about the iMac's features when what you need is a Tower...
Gee I can't believe I wrote all this.