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post #1 of 130
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What are your first impressions?
post #2 of 130
Its classic Apple. Some won't like it at first, but its the kind of thing that becomes an icon.
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post #3 of 130
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my impression: ****ing uber cool.

perhaps too stylish for trailerpark joe, though. he can keep buying an eMachines, though. 1299 for the bottom is excellent, seeing as the bottom end packs a combo drive and a 1 ghz g4 probably.

i'm ****ing ecstatic here.
post #4 of 130
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It certainly makes you Think Different about current computer designs. G4, LCD, DVD-R... all in this tiny enclosure. Not bad!

I agree with murk. Like the Cube, it'll catch your eye. Unlike the cube, it makes sense at the price points (well, mostly).
post #5 of 130
It's fantastic.

Ives is a genius.

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post #6 of 130
I think it's very cool looking. And of course it doesn't look like a computer, just like the original iMac really didn't. This will be a huge success for Apple.
post #7 of 130
looks great. the article hints at a DVD-burner and a $1800 price tag.
post #8 of 130
I think it's great. The most successful designs often make a certain % of people think they're hideously ugly, but I think it's a fantastic piece of industrial design.
post #9 of 130
i thought, omg they are ruined.then i was like nifty
post #10 of 130
It's exactly what I was told from someone that didn't want to say anything

Unique....and a little odd

I like it. I want to see new keyboard and mouse because the current wont match. Also, someone said on another forum that the new mouse is one button with scroll wheel.

Does this mean we get G5s!!??
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post #11 of 130
I don't like it. The dome thing is very george jetson. But it's a picture and I think that it might be very visually interesting in person, so I'll reserve judgement.

The article makes it sound like all the cube technology basically found a new home. in the sphere. I kept saying they wouldn't waste all that R&D time and money.

The dome could be an interesting solution to the problem of where to put the drives. I wonder if the whole computer is in there or if the MoBo is behind the screen. I think Cube redux, so I think it's all in the base. Which brings up another possibility. This may be the first iMac that recieves updates to it's screen size/aspect as it gets updated.

Actually I'm getting a little excited by this.
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post #12 of 130
I am very... uncertain right now...

It looks very strange...

I could get used to it...

but...

I dont know...

I certainlt didnt expect that....

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post #13 of 130
It will take a little getting used and some people won't like it, but I think I'll get one. It must be neat in person.
post #14 of 130
where's the profile of this thing?!

it may be ugly in 2D, but what about the elusive 3rd dimension??

How deep is it man???
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post #15 of 130
Thread Starter 
the bottom is a hemisphere.
post #16 of 130
I didn't know what to think of the design at first, but it has grown on me rather quickly.
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post #17 of 130
posted this in another thread:

Meet George Jetson (again)

That was my first impression. It's perfectly logical once you decide 1, you want the monitor to fly free and 2 you want as simple a base as possible. Anything cubic would have felt weird, and a slab would have been frustrating since you can't fold the monitor against it and make a notebook out of it. It certainly surprised me, I felt it was a bit weird, but it's a good exercise in minimalist design, no? I'm warming up to it though it still looks a bit unusual.

added: I assume that the back is the flat part of the hemisphere for plugs and stuff. What about speakers though? Sounds like the "orbit" speakers will be detached. Wonder if the mouse and keyboard are new: the reported "click" and "clack." There is only one Apple logo on it on the base, I just noticed. very minimal.

[ 01-06-2002: Message edited by: BuonRotto ]</p>
post #18 of 130
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My question is this:

The article point to 1299 low and 1799 high for prices. Are these Canadian prices? So, wouldn't US prices be a tad lower?

:confused: :eek:
post #19 of 130
I hope this means G5 is coming tommorow.
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post #20 of 130
Time Canada's report mentions that the iMac has a G4 "just like Apple's top-of-the-line machines."

I'd bet that they leave CRT iMacs for education and maybe the lowest end. Methinks those prices are american, otherwise it would mean about $750 for the low-end model (Apple ups the price for exports).
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post #22 of 130
its tigity tight!
post #23 of 130
Speakers???
Will it have the Pro Speakers? Or iSticks?
post #24 of 130
From the article:
"Jobs sketched out the Platonic ideal for the new machine. "Each element has to be true to itself," Jobs told Ive. "Why have a flat display if you're going to glom all this stuff on its back? Why stand a computer on its side when it really wants to be horizontal and on the ground? Let each element be what it is, be true to itself." Instead of looking like the old iMac, the thing should look more like the flowers in the garden. Jobs said, "It should look like a sunflower."

Jobs is dead on right. The articulated screen is a good idea implemented well. The perfect computer for the modern home. This thing will be in the next Austin Powers movie on some groovy Saarinen table, I bet.

Buy now! Buy now!
post #25 of 130
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It is beautiful and it has an amazing 15 inch display. I am buying one as soon as possible.
post #26 of 130
Looks like crap. It's what I'd expect an amateur Photoshop junkie to post in one of our mock-up threads.

Too expensive. The specs will likely be impressive (for Apple), but too costly. It will sell well, but it won't boost marketshare.
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post #27 of 130
It's the shiznit. Now if someone could dig up some specs.....

&lt;design geek speakulator=ON&gt;

But seriously, the design is great. This is the hybrid design stage before everything is Airport-connected instead of physically connected. Once you get people used to the idea that a monitor is a peripheral, and not and integral, then the next stage is to disconnect the monitor altogether.

The design is as revolutionary as the gumdrop.

The gumdrop asked 'why does a computer have to have two parts?'

The new design asks 'what is the essence of the computer?' The 'essence' is located in the base, and everything is lifestyle and on the go.

iPod and iMac2 share a sameness in that they provide answers to how to make a computer an extension of the self, rather than the self an extension of the workstation.

Hopefully, that monitor will come off in tablet form within the next 6-12 months, to complete the transformation.

&lt;design geek speakulator=OFF&gt;

I'm so giddy that I'm not even gonna rise to MacAddicts lame troll bait.

SdC (I have way too many art/design geek friends)

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post #28 of 130
Anyone else wondering how you're supposed to access the RAM, harddrive, etc.? I know iMacs aren't traditionally expandable, but there should at least be an opening to get to the RAM....maybe on the bottom?
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[quote]Originally posted by suckfuldotcom:
<strong>It's the shiznit. Now if someone could dig up some specs.....

&lt;design geek speakulator=ON&gt;

But seriously, the design is great. This is the hybrid design stage before everything is Airport-connected instead of physically connected. Once you get people used to the idea that a monitor is a peripheral, and not and integral, then the next stage is to disconnect the monitor altogether.

The design is as revolutionary as the gumdrop.

The gumdrop asked 'why does a computer have to have two parts?'

The new design asks 'what is the essence of the computer?' The 'essence' is located in the base, and everything is lifestyle and on the go.

iPod and iMac2 share a sameness in that they provide answers to how to make a computer an extension of the self, rather than the self an extension of the workplace.

Hopefully, that monitor will come off in tablet form within the next 6-12 months, to complete the transformation.

&lt;design geek speakulator=OFF&gt;

SdC (I have way too many art/design geek friends)

[ 01-06-2002: Message edited by: suckfuldotcom ]

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post #31 of 130
Be one with the Ives (Steve who?)



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post #32 of 130
i wonder if its slot loading
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post #33 of 130
[quote]Originally posted by MacAddict:

<strong>Looks like crap. It's what I'd expect an amateur Photoshop junkie to post in one of our mock-up threads.

Too expensive. The specs will likely be impressive (for Apple), but too costly. It will sell well, but it won't boost marketshare.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I think it looks ugly as well but then I've thought that about every product introduction after the Cube. The Cube was the last product design that really took my breath away. Even the TiBook, though certainly not ugly to my eye, was unimpressive at first. These things tend to look better in person so I will have to wait and see. Still, what I said holds true for me. The Cube is the only product that I've liked immediately, that made me say wow. When I saw the new iMac on the cover of Time I said bleh or something to that effect. I think this is because I was hoping for a widescreen display so badly. It comes in so handy with OS X. I wonder if Apple plans to differentiate between consumer and professional products using normal and widescreen displays. Perhaps we see smaller Cinema Displays tomorrow.

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post #34 of 130
[quote]Originally posted by ASexySexyMan:
<strong>Anyone else wondering how you're supposed to access the RAM, harddrive, etc.? I know iMacs aren't traditionally expandable, but there should at least be an opening to get to the RAM....maybe on the bottom?</strong><hr></blockquote>

I guess we'll have to wait til the keynote to find that out.
post #35 of 130
This is the comment from my dad after I showed him the photos

"WOW! This thing is gorgeous! I want one! I will sell my iMac and trade for the new one."

My brother is a hard-core PC guy, he even says Apple is so ahead of everyone. He wants one too!
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post #36 of 130
I'll wait until I see it in person, but I think it's ugly.

It looks like a white chocolate Hersey Kiss. Either that or the turd from a seriously malnourished human being.
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post #37 of 130
From what I can see from the TIME cover, I like the concept - but the shape of the base is a disappointment. The hemisphere isn't as strong a visual element as the screen; it just looks uncoordinated and somewhat dumpy.

Put your finger over the base and try to envision what could go there. That obtuse-looking hemisphere is the least interesting thing I could imagine...

Ah, well. I may well feel differently after seeing one in person, of course.


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post #38 of 130
[quote]Originally posted by EmAn:
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I guess we'll have to wait til the keynote to find that out.</strong><hr></blockquote>

It looks EXTREMEMLY light. I'm sure that if you HAD to pick it up the switch ram etc. it wouldnt be that big of a deal
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post #39 of 130
Im starting to understand steves vision of the digital lifestyle/hub now. This is a work of art, it is so soft and approachable, like a piece of furniture. Its like a picture frame floating in the air, when extended forward all you will see is the screen floating in the air!! It will fit in with any home and takes a step forward to the future when we wont think of a computer box in the corner. I cant wait to see what new goodies will orbit this hub! If only the screen detached and the mouse and keyboard were wireless, hey maby they are, aaaaaaa time for bed, leave some surprises for tomorrow <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" /> <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
post #40 of 130
Give it eyes and it'll look like a ghost straight out of Pac-Man.

Wow.

1980.
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