Originally posted by ArticulatedArm
Since they are moving to an aluminum case the entire body of the iMac will be a heatsink.
So this mobile computer case would get hot? Could be usefull in the winter...
Is this a joke? Consider how dramatically computers have shrunk in size and skyrocketed in performance I don't expect that to slow down any time in the near future.
I said Desktop computer. The average computer is a big beige box while Desktop PCs 20 years ago were mostly computers in a keyboard. I'm fully aware of the advances made in computing speeds, and all things relative, transistors are getting incredibly smaller than they were 20 years ago. But we are talking about the actual size of the computer. The first computer I had in 1984 when I was 10 was a Timex Sinclair 1000 (ZX81), with 2k of standard RAM with the 16k extension, and running a Z80 at like 0.3 Mhz. This thing was physically smaller than just about any "desktop" computer of the time and smaller than any computer Apple ever produced. Sure I could lug it around easily from one room to the other with one hand, but I would sure have liked having a non portable more powerfull computer.
Especially considering that we may be getting very close to the point where people don't need much more performance.
I used to think that 10 years ago, but boy I was wrong.
We dont have any idea of the kinds of things that will be done with more powerfull computers. My guess is that programmers will always push the enveloppe and create compeling new things only possible on more powerfull computers.
So if the demand for power decreases and performance boost increase and efficiency in power usage increases.. we could see computers continue to shrink dramatically.
The demand for power wont decrease overall I would venture to predict, maybe some crisis here and there affecting the whole industry, desktops and laptops, but I have a feeling that the computer industry will always find new ways to get us to buy more powerfull computers. Anyway most of my arguments apply to chip using metal as conductors and magnetic disk for storage, when we finally get rid of hard disks and switch processor to photonic, nanotech or quantum computers, things will change dramatically, the desktop iMac will get smaller.... And you'll be right. I'll see it when it happens, but it's not tomorrow. It's like electric cars.
You said it yourself. Powerbooks are made to be as samll as possible. You are paying for that extra engineering. We will reach a point where these 2 things will merge IMO. That could be the wearable computer --
Your whole premise is based on the idea that the majority of people will end up being content with processor power and that mobility would become the only interesting feature. I dont think it will happen so again, I would love a 1 inch cube as powerfull as the iMac G5, but if I can have a G8 for the same price that is non portable, I'll choose the G8 because it will play the latest SpiderMan trailer in volumetric immersive video.
This is my point though -- about a decrease in demand for an increase in performance. Does the average person need the 50x Imac/Ipod? Does the iMac user today need a powermac? Or do they get all they need from the iMac?
Most of today's iMac users don't need a Powermac because the current OS X consumer applications are built with iMac users in mind. With the release of the G5 iMac, be prepared to a slew of new consumer applications that will need power (and I'm not specifically talking about the 64-bit aspect). Kids raised today with Ghz computers will eventually crave for more speed and new "better than your dad's application". Do they really need it? Do we really need computers anyway? Weither it's a good thing or not, weither they "really" need it or not, my point is that people will continue to want it. The iPod is also a different beast it has a simple use: it's a portable iTunes, 10,000 songs will always be more than enough for most people, the iPod will continue to decrease in size and eventually the base price will drop too.
I totally disagree with this. Just because you have voice and handwriting recognition doesn't mean you can't use a keyboard... and vice versa.
I forgot about all those tablet computers with keyboards...
Ok then it could be a tablet computer with a keyboard acting as a dock? Hmmm that could be interesting... Really interesting, but I just dont see the iMac becoming this for the reasons I keep repeating. (hmmm that was an easy way out...)
You sound like Rob Glaser (sorry!)
Most people want the computer to be a thing that they can leave home or on their working desk and that's freedom for them. If for you freedom is being linked to your computer even when you are walking then cool for you. While I would love it myself, I don't see it replacing my desktop computer and I think it's the same thing for most computer users.
Anyway I understand your point in a way, I think it would be better if at one point we would stop craving for more speed and instead chose other features, and I love wearable computer myself but I dont think it will replace the desktop. The pros get the machines, they do tons of cool programs and stuff with it, and then we want to have the machines to run those same programs and the cycle repeat with each new generation. Don't worry, the pros wont run out of imagination to make most people want faster computers...
Oh well I used too much words...