That's it...I'm OFFICIALLY on record: new iMac will be two-piece unit
One week out, that's what I'm going with.
I'm convinced they spent too much time in research and engineering on the whole Cube thing just to let it die away after only a year.
The Cube, priced at $1799 and wedged into that weird spot between the iMac and the G4 tower, was kinda doomed from the start.
But, if it REPLACED the iMac...
Just seems to make more sense than any all-in-one I've seen mocked-up, talked about, etc.
Just imagine a glossy white Cube with a matching white 15" or 17" LCD Display. They've managed to figure out how to cram a hot G4's guts into an 8" cube, so surely they can do it with a G3 or a newer, cooler-running G4 (isn't that the Apollo or something?).
And, with the recent TiBook upgrade, we know Apple now has a line on slot-loading DVD/CD-R combo drives.
Of course, all the above hinges on two things:
1. Apple somehow amends their thinking (3 years down the road) that the iMac HAS to be an all-in-one design. If THEY can abandon that premise, then you guys can too.
2. Apple finally lowers their LCD monitors to a bit more reasonable and affordable prices.
The Cube reborn...replace the iMac as we know it. Give customers a choice in display size. Use ADC to make it so that any idiot can connect the two. With a Cube body and LCD Display, you're STILL going to have a small footprint and "cute" factor.
All the hard work, R&D, planning, etc. has already been done. The G4 Cube and current displays already exist. You're just giving them a new skin, calling it an iMac and REPLACING (not adding to) a currently shipping product.
That's it. Don't wanna hear anymore about it.
Lalalalalalalala...I'm not listening...lalala.