It is so nice to have a forum that bridges big picture and little picture again. Thanks Kormac! I've been waiting for Apple to diversify its corporate structure into functional groups, and the iPod division is the beginning.
I hope your G5 iMac comes to fuition. With rumors of the new displays being supported by a central armature ('a la iMac LCD screen) we might get the headless consumer Mac that seems to be of major interest ... and it might be big enough to hold the G5's cooling system.
Since the shine is off the apple, so to speak, for the current iMac (unfortunately) it may be a good time to rebrand the consumer Mac to somethiing not even called an iMac. If Apple would do that, then that opens up a whole new consumer marketing effort. They could make a mega AIO or go the quick-connect modular way, that a post suggested earlier.
I can see how an i***v could be a part of the latter. Consumers just feel better about using their legacy monitors and stuff - especially switchers. The iPod is successful because no one had to buy a new monitor to get the music.
I hope not, but the current iMac LCD may go the way of the Cube. So I speculate that the next consumer Mac should be to take the best of both and allow a simple upgrade path for cpu's and graphics cards.
Maybe take the form of the Cube with easier to access components. Add a connector on the top that can fit the back "foot" of an LCD back support leg. The LCD can sit on it's own or ontop of the Cube. That makes it easy to move, maintenance and upgrade.
Nothing new in this post, but I am hopeful that we will see a NEW STRATEGY from Apple with the new hardware and 10.4.