I actually really like the new G5 iMac. I was hoping for an aluminum encasing, but I am glad they broke up the white with the silver base (I think a brushed aluminum Apple Logo matching the base would have tied it all in nicer than the gray one, but that's just me). I am however horrified that the keyboard and (Mickey) mouse hasn't changed. If you don't want a two button mouse, at least give us a damn scroll wheel!
These are the most obvious problems that are going to keep me from grabbing one now:
- The video card is positively horrendous and there should at LEAST be a 128mb version in the 20" model (or at least a BTO upgrade like on the PowerBooks). Something like the ATI Radeon 9600/9700 128MB would have been nice for the 20" as standard. These can run in Notebooks so they can run in the new iMac.
- 4X SuperDrive? You can't be serious? With up to 16X out there I would have assumed that Apple can do better than 4X. Even notebooks are getting 8X now so if there is a PowerBook like (thin) SuperDrive in there, they should all be 8X (as should the next PowerBook update). Aren't they all 24X base in terms of spinning speed? If vibration is a concern, will an 8X SuperDrive spin any faster than a 4X?
- It's a first run - first revision. I usually like to wait until the second revision so Apple can address all the issues in the beta release (ie: Revision A)
and upgrade the weaker specs that may be noted in coming reviews (unless of course, it's reviewed by a Mac site or Mac magazine).
Seriously though, why does Apple always skimp? Skimp on the low end to keep the price point, but offer the goods (and the ones I suggest are nothing to scream about and middle-ground anyway) on the high-end.
Oh well, hopefully the next iMac G5 revision will address the above issues and add a few nice little upgrades - and that's when I'll bite. I wonder how long I'll have to wait?