[quote]14.1 is bigger then the current screen. So it IS an improvement. You can't expect them to put in a 15.2 inch widescreen and have the price come in at $999.
I think 14.1 is perfect for the market that they're going for. If its true that it will be 1Ghz, DVD and 14.1 for 999....wow <hr></blockquote>
Current screen is about 13.8" viewable. So a 14.1" screen would be 0.3" larger, meaning that it is virtually the same size as the current one.
And yes, I can expect them to put in a 15" viewable LCD and price it at $999, because Wintel makers do it all the time. Even a 15" LCD is pretty damn small....most people I know would rather have something a bit larger at home, at least 17" CRT, or 16" viewable.
For the market that Apple is after with the iMac, presumably crossovers from Wintel who are mainly home users, let's think for a moment about what they use their computers for. email, web, writing, taxes, and GAMES! Yeah, they play games. And what do you need for games? Besides a fast mobo, CPU, and GPU, you need a reletively large display!
Apple will never convert many window users with the iMac as long as it has the dinky 14" viewable display. Never. Everyone I know who's considered an iMac have all decided against it because of the display. Every ChumpUSA salesman I've spoken with has said that the display size is the #1 complaint about the iMac.
In fact the consumer opinion about the display size is so overwhelming that Apple MUST understand that the iMac's followup cannot sell well without a more robust display. It's difficult for me to believe that Apple would not enlarge the iMac's display by at least 1" for the next revision.
Anyways, if you dig small displays that's fine, but I think Apple needs to please more people so they can improve their market share. One option to please people who like smaller displays, is for Apple to put the option on the new iMac to shrink the screen image to 14" viewable. That way most people can leave it at 15" viewable or whatever, but those who want it smaller can just set it to 13" viewable. Apple could even make the option to set it to 12 or even 10 inches viewable. That way all the nimrods out there are happy with their small displays.