3 Features You Want Added to Each Product

in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
list the 3 main features you want added to each product line besides clockspeed improvements.

PowerMac G4

1.) G5 or duals standard

2.) Soundblaster Audigy integrated

3.) new case design

PowerBook G4

1.) higher resolution screen

2.) combo drive

3.) Radeon 7500


1.) Radeon mobility

2.) 13 inch display

3.) extended desktop support


1.) 15 inch LCD

2.) Radeon 2 7500

3.) Combo drives and Superdrive on Special Edition


1.) option for different size Hard drives

2.) mic or line in

3.) different back


1.) 18 inch Cinema Display

2.) 1999 22 inch Cinema Display

3.) bundle "instant rebates" with purchase of mac

[ 11-16-2001: Message edited by: applenut ]</p>


  • Reply 1 of 24
    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    I won't even bother, because I like and agree with everyone of your ideas.

    So, "what applenut said!".

    Seriously, the DVD/CD-R combo drive should be on EVERYTHING (at least as an option) at this point.

    And maybe just a bit more flexibility overall throughout the line, regarding drive type, sizes, video card, etc.

    I've been saying that for a long time now...the ability to TRULY put together the Mac of your dreams, via having more choices in certain, easily changeable components.
  • Reply 2 of 24
    [quote]I won't even bother, because I like and agree with everyone of your ideas.

    So, "what applenut said!".

  • Reply 3 of 24
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    I AGREE TOO, most definitely, wholeheartedly, YES!!! PSsst... Apple, you listening, we've got money to spend, give us what we want.

    As far as I can see, you only missed one thing: Altivec for the consumer lines. If not for the whole line up, at least for the top end iBook and iMac. An Altivec SE of each please; put some 'Special' in those editions. Come on Apple, I'm waiting to give you my money, and so are a lot of other people.

    [ 11-16-2001: Message edited by: Matsu ]</p>
  • Reply 4 of 24


    Ditch Altivec*

    Lower Prices

    Different Case





    can't think of a third that isn't speed



    667/133 from the powerbook

    More firewire ports that are easily accessable/USB2

    Integrated LCD display up front that can show CPU/memory usage/etc ... or the apple logo!

    And I don't use portables, so i can't say what should be added

    *I don't like altivec. Sure its cool and fast, and can be great... but anything a developer has to do thats 'extra' ... well, ...

    I like the way AMD does things. Sometimes elegant solutions are better... sometimes i just want "the power to crush the other kids"
  • Reply 5 of 24
    kidredkidred Posts: 2,402member
    The only thing I can think of is

    Power Macs-

    Faster system bus

    Faster memory

    Higher Mhz

    New case (4 things)


    redesign from ground up

    faster bus

    faster memory

    Pretty much what applenut siad with the included faster bus & memory
  • Reply 6 of 24
    Listen son,

    Matsu is right, Altivec is needed. A good vector unit is essential to future computing tasks (that crunch large amounts of data) PPC should get better FP units also, but the vector unit is needed. It's only 'special' because not all PPC's support it, if all PPC's supported it, then it wouldn't be special at all, it'd just be the way things are done, period. Same reason Intel had trouble getting SSE2 implemented: for a while not all their procs supported it.

    Now go to bed, I have to bone your mom now.
  • Reply 7 of 24
    ferroferro Posts: 453member
    Go here... <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=1&t=000027"; target="_blank">AI Internal thread - Future Hardware</a>
  • Reply 8 of 24
    I agree with Applenut. Apple! Do these things now!!!!
  • Reply 9 of 24
    iBook -

    2nd trackpad button a MUST

    100Mhz system bus

    Somewhat improved video chipset

    With those features, it will be the perfect laptop. And I would buy one.

    I would buy one even if the first improvement was made. As long as I can have that second button, I'll be fine. Dragging around a spare mouse (especially on an airplane), or using a key-combo is really annoying. It would be soooo easy to make it an option. Please Apple! Please do this!

    [ 11-19-2001: Message edited by: DoctorGonzo ]</p>
  • Reply 10 of 24
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    I'm another one that agrees with applenut.
  • Reply 11 of 24
    <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" /> I agree with Applenut as well <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
  • Reply 12 of 24
    majormattmajormatt Posts: 1,077member
    DoctorGonzo, the iBook does have a 100MHz bus sans the entry level.

    Yes, I do agree that the iBook must have better video specs. Having 8meg card today is just shameful...
  • Reply 13 of 24
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member

    1) LCD

    2) G4

    3) Combo drive


    1) The super-efficient IBM G3, to boost battery life

    2) AirPort standard

    3) CD-R or DVD at the low end; combo drive at the high end


    1) All-new mobo

    2) G5 or multiple dual-7450 options

    3) New case with two full-size drive bays and USB, FireWire and Ethernet ports on the top front corner of the case for easy hotswapping


    1) Brighter, higher resolution screen

    2) Combo drive standard

    3) Hot-swappable ports on side of machine, iBook style


    0) In production

    1) Sane price point & bundles with Apple monitors

    2) 7460 G4s

    3) Accepts standard 7" AGP video cards


    1) 10GB hard drive

    2) Hot-swappable battery

    3) Hand crank for manual recharging.


    1) Price reductions to $299, $699, $1999

    2) Pixel density increase on all models

    3) 19" LCD introduced at $1299

    [ 11-19-2001: Message edited by: Amorph ]</p>
  • Reply 14 of 24

    -G5 with architectural improvements (400 MHz bus, DDR, Hyper Transport)

    -new case design with 2 full 5.25" drive bays! (the one thing I love about this beige G3.....floppy, cd-rw, zip, and I still have a full bay I can use)

    -DVD-RW on the low-end


    -Apollo 7460 G4

    -Radeon 7500 or the new nVidia mobile chip

    -combo drive

    -higher resolution


    -100 MHz bus


    -Radeon Mobility

    -faster G3



    -new form factor

  • Reply 15 of 24
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    [quote]iBook -

    2nd trackpad button a MUST

    Why? Every other Apple product only has one button so why should the iBook be any different? Doesn't make sense at all.
  • Reply 16 of 24
    [quote]Originally posted by EmAn:

    <strong>Why? Every other Apple product only has one button so why should the iBook be any different? Doesn't make sense at all.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    I have to agree with you about this. Apple has always made it a point to be a one button mouse. Why go two. Admittedly OS X handles the perverbial Right-Click, and maybe Apple ought to make a ProMouse2 with two buttons.

    As for everything else, here are the basics:

    ALL Price reduction.

    PowerMac and iMac: I am a simple man.

    More memory standard (256 - 512MB)


    Airport Preinstalled

    iMac Specific:


    Combo if not SuperDrive


    Better graphics card

    Airport preinstalled

    More RAM (256 min)


    Better Graphics Card

    (I am a recording) More RAM (256 Min)



    How about this. Using LEDs, having a customizable backlit keyboard. Think TRON for the idea. Not only would the cool factor go up, but it would also make the keyboard divided in five main groups: Letters, Numbers, Function Keys, Control Keys (Command, Option, Shift, Tab, etc), and Arrow/Direction Keys (Pg. Up, Pg. Down, Insert, Up, Down, etc). I am not a graphics artist, but I will try to have a mockup of it on here soon.

    I think that is it.
  • Reply 17 of 24
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    I almost forgot: Add 3 feet to the keyboard cable, and 2 feet to the mouse cable.
  • Reply 18 of 24
    torifiletorifile Posts: 4,024member
    I don't think that the ibook should have a bigger screen, esp. if it doesn't come with higher resolution. There would be no point to the extra girth and the display wouldn't look as sharp. I got rid of my pismo when the ibook came out because of its size and the loss of no desktop space. Except that I can't have an extended desktop. That's lame, I think. That's the one thing I would ask of a new ibook. Otherwise it's perfect.

    All lines: Airport standard, built-in. Not on a card. Screw the rest of the computer industry and their wireless cards. 802.11g for me baby!!!

    Powerbook: higher resolution screen, ADC support (I know that's probably not possible, but I'm dreaming here ) and that's it.

    Desktops: I don't use desktops so I don't know.
  • Reply 19 of 24
    smalmsmalm Posts: 655member
    [quote]Originally posted by Amorph:


    0) In production

    1) Sane price point & bundles with Apple monitors

    2) 7460 G4s

    3) Accepts standard 7" AGP video cards


    Throw in a Superdrive and I plung into debt immediately!
  • Reply 20 of 24
    These are in order of need from model to model and number to number.


    1. LCD 15" (obviously new case)

    2. G4

    3. CD-RW/COMBO/Superdrive options, with a special education model with regular CD.


    1. G5

    2. new case

    3. superdrive on all models, except a built to order educational one which would be cheaper of course.


    1. Higher resolution & brighter screen

    2. Better G4 with lower power consumption (faster not necessary its damn fast already)

    3. Combo drive

    4. Built in Airport (ok I have 4 here)


    1. Slot load drive that goes in new LCD iMac

    2. 13.1 inch screen (if possible w/o case redesign)

    3. built in airport

    SIDENOTE: I really think the portables should have built in or standard included airport. Its a feature that everyone must have if they have a portable. This would also drive sales of the base station or cards for an existing desktop.


    1. New design

    2. 19 inch model

    2. 15-$399 17-$599 19-$799 22-$1,999


    1. $299 with added discounts if bought with a Mac.

    2. Larger drive

    3. Lighter
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