Originally posted by Ensign Pulver The current iMac is not perceived as having a "tiny screen". It is perceived as having a slow processor and a high price, two things that will not be rectified by a 20" display.
I'm only commenting on what I know/hear, Ensign: my PC-using friends/relatives most often comment on the screen (since they're all used to using 17"-19" CRTs and LCDs on their various Gateway, Dell, Compaq, etc. gear.
They don't know enough about "horsepower" and so forth (and none of them are afflicted with specwhoreitis) enough to comment or judge the "slow processor". For the things they do (digital photos, music, making greeting cards, surfing, e-mailing, Solitaire, etc.), a 1GHz or so G4 is more than up for the job.
We Mac-heads ding the stuff harder than the other side, many times.
Believe me, they're just looking for something that works. Especially my Mom...she's got, quite possibly, the crappiest computer I've ever seen or used.
A 20" (or 19") iMac that doesn't feel "smaller" or "lesser" than the 19" Viewsonic she's using (albeit at 1024x768...jeez) might be just enough to make her consider a serious switch. I've been bringing my PowerBook around the past few Sundays and the iTunes/iPhoto demo I did for her pretty much opened her eyes. She seems to be slowly coming around to the notion that Macs are "real computers" and not just a specialized, "niche" platform. And that she can do everything she does now - and then some - in a slicker, more straightforward and hassle-free way.
And I just know there are some cool, 3D-based Solitaire games floating around out there for OS X...