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post #241 of 485
Hi nsousansousa,

I think you are getting pretty close to what I think the new iMac will look like. The one thing that seems to be missing is the something to make it stand out from the crowd. Currently it could be mistaken for a normal LCD.

Do you think it might be possible that the base of the new iMac will be half a dome (ie kind of like half the current imac base) as was hinted by Steve in the WWDC keynote. If you made a base like that it could contain the hard disk and optical drive and the screen could be thinner since it only has the motherboard.

Anyway it's nice that this thread appears to be back in action again...
post #242 of 485
Rumors have the new iMac being completely different in form factor so I'd think adding a "half a dome" is going backwards. Apple has done that, been there. They never go in reverse. We're in for a wonderful surprise I believe. It may be the best-looking computer that Apple ever designed.... or maybe not!
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post #243 of 485
I am ready for a fantastic looking iMac. I liked the last version but the base after awhile got old looking. Plus it was shocking the first time I saw it regarding how large it was. The 20 inch screen helped it's proportions quite a bit.

Keep the fun coming you creative bastards. It will be a big help the next couple of weeks while we wait. Certainly more fun than all the nitpicking over specs that we have no control over.
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post #244 of 485
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Originally posted by kcmac
I am ready for a fantastic looking iMac. I liked the last version but the base after awhile got old looking. Plus it was shocking the first time I saw it regarding how large it was. The 20 inch screen helped it's proportions quite a bit.

Keep the fun coming you creative bastards. It will be a big help the next couple of weeks while we wait. Certainly more fun than all the nitpicking over specs that we have no control over.

I concur. This is where ideas are being discussed.
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post #245 of 485
Great mockup, nsousansousa! I think you're pretty close now.

The double-pivot (pivot on base and on back of system) allows us to raise or lower. Ports could be on the base. Agree on disc coming out of top. Speakers could be thin grilles on the ends? Most likely white, not alum. Possibly a fan on the back, similar to that used on the TAM but larger, slower, quieter.
post #246 of 485
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Originally posted by kcmac
nsousansousa,

Thanks for keeping this thread fun and on track.

I am thinking that the iPod dock surprise you allude to will dictate the base to move a little bit to the front side of the screen.

Are you thinking that the optical drive is located in the screen or the base, possibly with the iPod dock?

In any case, it is great seeing some images that start to remove the horrors of that Sony nightmare.

Thanks.
I think that the drive will be behind the screen body.
Man...I was having nightmares with the Sony VAIO ;-) This is therapeutic, at least...
post #247 of 485
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Originally posted by cubist
Great mockup, nsousansousa! I think you're pretty close now.

The double-pivot (pivot on base and on back of system) allows us to raise or lower. Ports could be on the base. Agree on disc coming out of top. Speakers could be thin grilles on the ends? Most likely white, not alum. Possibly a fan on the back, similar to that used on the TAM but larger, slower, quieter.

Thanks.
I really don't want, at this stage, to go to the amount of detail that you mention. The double pivot is certainly a good positioning gizmo and no doubt will be there.
Regarding ports. I thought that some of them would be on the base , maybe pointing back, and some on the screen. BUT if you think about it carefully , probably the bezel will be port free. I mean, cables sticking in front of the user , cluttering keyboard space, is not very "Appleish".
So, I will migrate them to the back of the base in the next iterations.
I will be working on the speakers and all, and keep you guys posted.
I will refine it until September 1, and by then , we will have a real "unreal" mockup.

It would be fun to see how much the new iMac won't be like this mockup !! :-/
post #248 of 485
nsousansousa, what software did you use to make that mockup?

Also, do you know of any tutorials online to make that kind of image?
post #249 of 485
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Originally posted by ArticulatedArm
nsousansousa, what software did you use to make that mockup?

Also, do you know of any tutorials online to make that kind of image?

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post #250 of 485
Thanks, nsousansousa!

I just realized something... I guesss I am really slow... but there is no doubt in my mind now that the new Imac will resemble the new monitor designs.

All the new Mac designs are based on the principle or design element of BENT aluminum.



The new mini Ipods.

The G5 case.

The new flat panel monitors.



I also remember an old article where Ives said he had been in the lab bending aluminum in all kinds of shapes.

Obvioulsy I realized that several devices used this design but it just hit me that everything seems to be going that direction.

I am positive that the new Imac will look like a combination between the new flat panel monitors and the Sany vaio as many designs have been pointing to here.

I am also betting that the next generation Ipod that comes out after the new G5 Imac will follow this pattern as well.
post #251 of 485
One more iMac G5 AIO mock-up.
This one looks more like a boiled down 1st gen iMac.
post #252 of 485
Direction 2 . Sharp turn ahead.

- Reverted to Apple Display Enclosure (popular demand)
- The base grew substantially.
- The base can turn it self upside down and flattened against the monitor.
- If the base is big (depicted) the "peeking extra" while in "hang-able" mode would contain the speakers.




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I think this is the best design so far. IMHO.

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post #255 of 485
Have you seen the real design that Jonathan Ive himself has sketched? Check out the thread. http://forums.appleinsider.com/showt...threadid=45320
post #256 of 485
Was this posted yet?


Sigh...
post #257 of 485
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Originally posted by John
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Sigh...

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post #258 of 485
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Originally posted by MacMorsel
I think this is the best design so far. IMHO.

Here is a more complete view of this idea.
post #259 of 485
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Originally posted by John
Was this posted yet?


Sigh...

:drool:

Now that wasn't so hard, was it? Too good to be true i guess...
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post #260 of 485
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Originally posted by PBG3

Really great also! Although this particular picture doesn't do it justice, the one on the website look amazing. I'm afraid it would have to be slightly bulkier to be realistic, but still, great!
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post #261 of 485
I like the look of it, but I still prefer having my screen up in the air and adjustable like the current imac.

I wonder how this design would fare against the various rules and regs for ergonomics etc?

I still don't get the idea of putting all the Mac's guts behind the screen...

To support a screen and all the internals like CPU, HD etc you would need a fairly hefty stand - but if you have a hefty stand why not put something in it like the PSU, HD etc?

And I still don't like the idea of plugging USB and FW cables into the side/back of the screen.

I'm really hoping the new iMac will still gave a base unit for plugging in stuff, and the screen is still adjustable.
post #262 of 485
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Originally posted by lucida

I'm really hoping the new iMac will still gave a base unit for plugging in stuff, and the screen is still adjustable.

Yeah, the iMac FP was unique for this feature alone, screen adjustability. IMHO, it has the best ergonomics ever in a computer. Too bad this keeps cost high.
post #263 of 485
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Yeah, the iMac FP was unique for this feature alone, screen adjustability. IMHO, it has the best ergonomics ever in a computer. Too bad this keeps cost high.

I'm sat in front of the 15" model now, setting it up for a colleague, and EVERYBODY that walks past thinks it's amazing. Especially windoze users.

I really wish that Apple would just re-vamp the design, and make it cheaper, like they have with the iPod.

If a square base unit would make it cheaper, let's have it!
post #264 of 485
The design at MacKompass is one of the most elegant creations I've ever seen. It would be very difficult for me to not buy this beauty.

It also solves a couple technical issues that the other designs don't address. The CD/DVD drive is horizontal; which would have to be cheaper for Apple. It also gives enough room for the power supply, heat sink and multiple fans.

A couple minor quibbles... It would have to have feet; to allow for a bottom grill (airflow). It would probably also have a couple ports on the front (I wouldn't care, but I bet the iMac3 will have them).

One major issue... No adjustability. I doubt that Apple would go this route after the incredible design of the last iMac. The design wouldn't look so great with a book wedged under the back end to tilt the screen!
post #265 of 485
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Originally posted by John
Was this posted yet?


Sigh...

This is what apple needs a mini tower for the masses but i dont think its going to happen. They just cant seem to get over the all in one nonsense that guarentees a lesser of a machine and smaller sales for apple. I would buy this machine. oh well its nice to dream.
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post #266 of 485
I heard something about the new iMac3 being cubical in design not that long ago. I think an aluminum iMac with a cubical design and colors such as on the mini iPod would sell well.
post #267 of 485
This from Mackompass:



is nice, but what about screen adjustment?

For me, AIO design made sense when we had the CRT.

But with a LCD there's no reason for it and you should let each component "be true to itself"

Who said that???

post #268 of 485
The current iMac is "true to itself."
post #269 of 485
Bouncing post.

post #270 of 485
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Originally posted by lucida
This from Mackompass:



is nice, but what about screen adjustment?

For me, AIO design made sense when we had the CRT.

But with a LCD there's no reason for it and you should let each component "be true to itself"

Who said that???


Wow

That's awesome!
post #271 of 485
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Originally posted by psgamer0921
Wow

That's awesome!

If anything, I would say that this would be the next design for the eMac. This is a perfect design for it.

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post #272 of 485
here is a quick sketch based on what i know and the current apple design





cant get picture to display here ... so here is a link
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I would rather cut of my left testicle than buy that monstrosity
post #275 of 485
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http://homepage.mac.com/elmacintismo/PhotoAlbum1.html

ack.... looks like something a hobo would set up at a flea market.
post #276 of 485
updated a tad
hopefully your nuts will stick aound this time
newest imac update

let me know what you guys think
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post #277 of 485
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Originally posted by MacMorsel
If anything, I would say that this would be the next design for the eMac. This is a perfect design for it.

MM


I think it's better looking than anything we have seen from Apple. It looks a lot better than the iLamp. Dont get me wrong the iLamp was OK, but I posted in the other Apple forum (which is always a carbon copy clone of the threads here) that -> that design would bring the iMac back to glory in a heartbeat.
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post #278 of 485
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Originally posted by onlooker
I think it's better looking than anything we have seen from Apple. It looks a lot better than the iLamp. Dont get me wrong the iLamp was OK, but I posted in the other Apple forum (which is always a carbon copy clone of the threads here) that -> that design would bring the iMac back to glory in a heartbeat.

I agree that it is, perhaps, the better looking computer we have seen. But it suffers seriously in the ergonomics sector. How do you adjust it? Do you buy an adjustable desk ?
post #279 of 485
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Originally posted by PB
I agree that it is, perhaps, the better looking computer we have seen. But it suffers seriously in the ergonomics sector. How do you adjust it? Do you buy an adjustable desk ?

was the original iMac adjustable?
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post #280 of 485
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Originally posted by SpcMs
was the original iMac adjustable?

Same problem there too \ . But once you taste real ergonomics, like in the iMac FP, it is difficult to go back again.
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