Originally Posted by Marvin
That thing is absolutely amazing looking. For some reason, I've never liked the Mac Pro/G5 design but it must have been the sheer bulk of it. In that form factor, that design looks very nice indeed and look at all those USB ports on the front and possibly a power button. This is exactly the kind of thing Apple need to be selling. How could anyone think that is a bad idea? That thing looks much better than an iMac. If Apple had released that at the press event, there would have been a distinct gasp as people sat in awe of the beauty wondering how they could have used a tacky plastic tower for so long. The logo on that one looks like an ideal size too - the one on the current towers is much too big.
I have read this thread with great interest, as I would LOVE a headless Mac that was somewhere in-between the Mac Pro and the Mac Mini. I have a Mac Mini (2 GB ram, 2.0 GHz Core Duo, 120 GB internal HD and 500 GB LaCie HD/Hub) and I love it. However, with the extra overhead of Leopard coming up and with me using both Parallels and Fusion, I long for something with more horsepower, a lot more ram and a decent video GPU w/ dedicated video ram, again without going to the overkill of a Mac Pro. And, if there is ANYTHING I dont need is another monitor (I have three Samsung 21, one Samsung 24 widescreen, and one Samsung 27 widescreen), not to mention the fact that I hate the idea of buying another 24 monitor that has a built-in laptop (the iMac), because I rarely upgrade a computer and a monitor at the same time (the iMac would force one to replace both in order to upgrade/replace either the computer or the monitor). Lastly, the fact that you cant input a second computer into the iMacs screen and switch between the iMac and a external computer is a deal-killer for me as far as the iMac goes (my desks are only SO big). So that is why I would love to see an xMac.
One point that I havent heard in this thread is the fact that Apple currently does NOT make a single computer with a desktop processor. The Mac Pro uses Intel SERVER processors, and EVERYTHING else uses Intel LAPTOP processors and chipsets. If that isnt a gap in a product line, I dont know what is. Although I am more drawn to the morphed mini Mac Pro cube design that is in the some of the posts above, over the Dell Inspiron Slim 530 series form factor (it just doesnt seem classy enough for a Mac), either way, I would just like to see at least ONE Mac with a choice of Intel DESKTOP processors and without a server sized case.
In other words, Apple, PLEASE make a headless Mac with several DESKTOP Intel processors (Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad) available, 4 ram sockets supporting up to 8 GB of ram (just like Intels own desktop PC motherboards), space for at least two 3 ½ HDs and at least one optical drive, and with capable GPU options. I would buy it in a heartbeat, even if it looked like a Dell Inspiron (though I would much prefer the mini Mac Pro cube design).
Dont agree with me? That only means that Apple already makes a model that meets your needs. The fact that this thread exists means that there is a gap in the Mac product line. I mean, NOT a single Mac with a Desktop processor??? I already have a dual Xeon server. I dont need another one just to have a Mac that is more capable than a laptop.
My $.02 worth. To get more than $.02, Apple will have to build an xMac.