Originally Posted by Zandros
3-6 months? The iPod is well over 1 1/2 year, the MacPro enclosure is almost four (though it has gone through a significant redesign inside), the Macbook Pro enclosure is more than four, with some subtle changes, the iMac is almost a year and a half, if you count the iSight revision as new and so on.
The Xserves are even older, and I don't expect any radical aestethical departure in that area.
I'm just wondering what they are doing. They seem to be hoarding new designs for post leopard computers and accessories, from what we've been hearing.
I'm not at all dissatisfied with what we have, but I believe Apple has a pretty effective design team, so I just want to know how they work.
Hording? You aren't dissatisfied? Please, your post screams it, especially in how you present the idea. Your posts essentially read, "nothing here is impressive because they haven't changed the way the case looks!"
The overall look of the Mac Pro is NOT more than four years old. It isn't even four years old yet. And, that is only the brushed aluminum color and honeycomb looking grill aesthetic. The first tower to sport it was released in June of 2003. But, several exterior features were changed with the introduction of the MacPro in August of last year. Not to mention that, as you did acede, there have been several different modifications to the interior, not to mention a complete rewrite of its design in the MacPro.
As for the MacBook Pro, again if you limit form factor to simply color it hasn't been changed in just over 4 years as of this January, as the first PowerBook to sport the same aluminum finish was introduced in January 2003 on the first 17" model. It wasn't adopted on the full line until September of that year when there was finally a 15" Aluminum.
Mind you, since then there have been exterior port modification, the addition of the iSight, MagLock for the power cord and the transition to glossy screens.
This, of course, covers a period of time in which there was also an en masse switch to Intel chips, the redesign of the iPod Nano, the redesign of the iPod Shuffle, the introduction of a new form factor of the iMac, a slight remodel to the iMac form factor, a redesign of iBook to the MacBook, two upgrades to the OS, the introduction of the iPhone and the AppleTV.
But, yes, they're hording designs until after the release of Leopard.
(hehehehe.... at work... was trying to get the post made and missed my BAD mistake... thanks emig647)