Originally posted by Vox BarbaraEr ... apple customers seek elegance. This "elonex thing" is far away from beeing elegant, it is quite the opposite. I assume nobody really wants that bulk sitting right on their desk.
It may not be very elegant, but it DOES have some nice features and the demo movie shows a few things that I think the iMac2 can and should have done a little better:
1. Interaction is not first and foremost via a keyboard! Unlike most of the QWERTY-centric folks in these fora, most people don't like getting music and entertainment via a keyboard. The keyboard is there for most websurfing and email and that's about it. Obviously mom may do word processing and kids do homework, but as with the iPod, the spokes of the digital hub will not be tied to the keyboard anymore than necessary.
2. Touch screen: I have always hoped that Apple could engineer touchscreens very cheaply into their crt iMacs and eMacs to give them that cool "standard feature" and to make them more approachable to toddlers, etc.
3. Quick starting: I don't know if the gui in the video is MSoft, but it shows the beginning of a cool and efficient way to navigate media. I also don't know how long it takes to startup and how it moves from being turned on to the main desktop/window, but it would be nice to get to the media parts of the digital hub without waiting for the os to get set to run FCP. That is the beauty of the iPod and Palm pda - always-on and ready.
4. Relatively slim form factor. I don't like it's looks personally, and I think the current iMac lcd is far superior, but Apple didn't market it as a "media center" it marketed it as a cool version of a computer and that gave people conflicting expectations, I think. I always thought Apple should have kept the iMac name with the crt AIO, and given the iMaclcd a special "media centric name" and kept both.
Anyway, I personally don't like the fat-flat-screen look and I hope it isn't too aluminized! I don't like the perferated metal look of the angelfire image either. The iMac should be the desktop version of an iBook - inviting, not daunting. It should come in colors....they are still popular as the iPod Mini is proving...and it should be simple, but upgradeable.