Yeah, I guess you all are right. I'm not putting myself in the place of "Joe Consumer" who DOES get intimidated by even the appearance of complexity (not that ONE CABLE is complex...but I digress...).
Okay, then...I don't know WHAT in the hell this new iMac is going to look like. It'll be gorgeous and cool to the fifth power, I'm sure.
Just one more week.
I just have a lot more riding on this than past keynotes because I'm actually looking to buy this time, so I feel a stronger connection/pull to next week's Expo because it may end up playing a major role in me parting with $1500 of my money!
I can't believe a photo or line drawing or SOMETHING hasn't been leaked. This has possibly been one of Apple's best kept secrets because there's NOTHING firm or even halfway substantial on it.
For the record (and as a response to a few of you in this thread), I don't think there needs to be a THIRD desktop model to muddy the waters and occupy so weird "no man's land" between the iMac and the G4 towers.
If done right, the iMac could (and should) fill the roll nicely of consumer/education/prosumer/desktop publisher/student/gamer/soccer mom/grandparent/newbie computer, with specs and features that more than meet the need for these types of users.
I don't see the need to have tons of different iMacs, differentiated by colors, MHz, etc.
The best thing Apple has done in a LONG time, IMO, is what they did to the iBook last spring: one model, 1 clock speed, same I/O, etc. and simply differentiate the line by optical drive.
That made it SO easy for non-Apple geeks to figure out exactly which one they wanted: "Do I want a DVD or a CD burner? OR, do I want both?".
I hope some of that thinking finds its way to the new iMac.
When the iMac first came out, it was (for a few months, anyway) one model, one color, etc.
I think THAT'S what appeals to people, especially newbies and the traditional iMac customer. Granted the color thing helped and was certainly cool, but that's pretty much faded now, as we all know.
I would love to see simply a FAST and POWERFUL iMac unveiled next week that pretty much comes in only one or two models: CD-ROM and Combo Drive. Why make people choose between watching movies or burning CDs? Those are both cool, useful things. I say give them a basic CD-ROM drive, or a full-tilt combo drive, with several hundred bucks separating the two.
For people who already own external, FAST (16x and above) CD writers and who already have a nice DVD player hooked to their TV in the den, they could simply get a powerful new iMac and not pay for a drive(s) they don't need and won't use.
Then for guys like me who a) have neither a burner OR a DVD player and b) love the idea of everything being neat, clutter-free and self-contained, we can pop for the combo drive model. Given a choice, most people probably WILL go for a combo drive.
They're not even making it an option in the TiBooks now...it's simply the stock drive!
But this new iMac should have the same fast processor, same zippy video card that FINALLY will appeal somewhat to someone who does the game thing, generous hard drive space, etc.
They have to come out swinging next Monday morning because, IMO, the iMac has been on life support and totally languishing for a year or so now, given only cosmetic and VERY minor enhancements.
They need to pull the cover off something next week that honestly makes every damn one of us here go "OHMIGOD...I don't even NEED an iMac, but I'm buying one of those things TODAY!!!"
I hope all this waiting and hoping and speculating will not have been in vain.
BTW, I'm only mildly conceding that the new iMac won't be two-piece. I reserve the right to hold on to a little piece of my wish/idea...just in case.