I would be first in line for a headless iMac if it looked like this...

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by morgan-e, Dec 14, 2003.

  1. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    that would be a cube variant. an iMac, by definition, could not be headless.

    but, this is a very nice looking machine... one of the better mock-ups i've seen...

    paul
     
  2. tazo macrumors 68040

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    thats pretty apple-esque if ya ask me! Looks very nice :)
     
  3. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    Thank god that is way to ugly for Apple and me. Look at the products they make. they are beautiful. If a mac looked like that i would not even be in line. this looks better to me but i would still like color and plastic and coolness.
     

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  4. etoiles macrumors 6502a

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    reminds me of the old Apple Performas ... in a more retro 50's toaster kind of way. I prefer the 'clean scandinavian design' attitude of their current line.
     
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    That is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. I'm not trying make fun of it...that's just a fact.
     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Looks like a slightly updated Performa 6400, half-height of course.
     
  8. Mord macrumors G4

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    If I ever bought a g5 cube I would if possible just put it inside my cubes case you just cant touch the style with aluminium, glossy black mabey but not aluminium
     
  9. x86isslow macrumors 6502a

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    just based on how the legs are situated, it reminded me of the LC III.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. iGav macrumors G3

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    looks like an IKEA footstool to me... :eek: :p :p :p

    If Apple were to make a headless Mac, I'd like it to be a totally new form factor, maybe ultra thin (like a PowerBook base) or something else, not a Cube shape, the Cube went down like a shagged elevator...

    To revisit it, then why wouldn't it bomb in exactly the same way??? Unless Apple make it incredibly cheap... and lets face facts, Apple doesn't do cheap, and such a box would suffer the same... "too expensive", "not expandable enough", "not fast enough" etc etc etc comments that welcomed the original Cube on it's release.

    Personally I thought the Cube was a triumph of design, and engineering.... and was a great machine, but hardly anyone bought it...
     
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    I don't like it either. You have no taste boy :D. This thing is uglier than Michael Jackson.
     
  13. ChrisH3677 macrumors 6502a

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    hmmmm. What are apple good at? Making computers that blend in with their environment.

    The next iMac will probably have a base you don't even know is their.

    It will have a cordless mouse, keyboard and screen

    or

    the "base" will be part of the screen - eg like laptops or tablet laptops. They have very thin form factor.

    The base will be designed to be either totally hidden or at least look like an existing device (eg blend with your DVD or video player). Morgan-e's second design would suit that.

    It may just look like a Cinema display though slightly thicker and with a all but invisible slot for the CD.

    Maybe it will look a bit like an inside out laptop, standing on it's sides to form an upside down V


    Three things that can be guaranteed are that it will:
    1) reduce desktop clutter even more
    2) be aesthetically pleasing.
    3) be portable (just as original Macs and all iMacs)

    Hmmm - that last one makes me think... iMacs and original Macs were portable coz they were all in one. If that philsopohy continues, Morgan-e's designs won't be close.

    Morgan-e - can you knock up something based on the Cinema/Studio display for us?

    PS Maybe at MWSF Apple will make wireless kbd and mouse become standard with iMac flat panels.
     
  14. iGav macrumors G3

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    no, thinner, much thinner.... cleaner and more mininmal.
     
  15. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020

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    I like the way the "hush" box has the heatsink on the outside, eliminating the need for a fan on the inside. Very cool... (heh, heh...)...

    But even that starts at $650 minimum and gets you up to $950 with the most basic of upgrades...


    The original white blob rendering was waaay too huge. Maybe at 1/3 the size...
     
  16. ibookin' macrumors 65816

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    The Hush box reminds me of a CD player. A good CD player. :D

    Anyway I saw both of those on SFFTech. I kind of like the first one in that it looks a lot better than most small form factor PCs out there *cough*shuttlexpc*cough* but I don't like it nearly as much as Apples designs.

    Maybe it is time for an updated Cube, as the XPCs and their like seem to be doing quite well. Yet another instance where Apple was ahead of the times to their own disadvantage.
     
  17. morgan-e thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't like it either. You have no taste boy . This thing is uglier than Michael Jackson.

    tell that to soldam and hush ;-)

    i think another cube would be nice. however it would have to have distinct advantages over the rest of the Powermac line, as well as adhere to the niche market that they are filling rather than just being a small G5. For instance, the XPC, the biostar ideq, et al are doing really well as gaming machines. by providing more upgrade potential than a notebook and portability they fit that market well. those systems as well as others, in particular NEX systems, the HP compaq d350 series, and the MEGA entertainment cube(*) are being used as consoles for high-end entertainment centers, as well as as home PCs.

    i do not want to start a Macs and gaming argument so i will leave that where it is, but including beefed up graphics cards, and some awesome A/V software and peripherals with a new Cube would help apple get back in the market they (sort of) created.

    (*)[​IMG]
     
  18. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816

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    the issue to me is not whether these things are ugly or not its that they are not practical at all. why does compact size matter at all for a desktop system? the small size would mean slower more compact hardware inside, cooling issues etc.

    all this just for something that you think looks neat? gimme a break.

    function is always far more important than form.
     
  19. ChrisH3677 macrumors 6502a

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    that said b&wman, but Apple are the masters at combining the two
     
  20. morgan-e thread starter macrumors member

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    the issue to me is not whether these things are ugly or not its that they are not practical at all. why does compact size matter at all for a desktop system? the small size would mean slower more compact hardware inside, cooling issues etc.

    That is a valid issue, but about three years too late. The Mini PCs of today (well, some of them) no longer have heat issues. the Shuttle XPC does not even use a heat-sink or CPU fan. It has a `tube` that channels heat straight from the processor out of the casing which translates to better heat diffusion and less noise. The aforementioned Hush system essentially IS a large heatsink itself that diffuses CPU heat automatically without the use of a secondary device at all. Your average mini PC no longer uses compact hardware either, the Shuttle XPC (merely using it as an example again, as the market leader.) can be loaded with an Athlon 64 processor, serial ATA drives, AGP, 2 PCI slots, firewire 800, USB 2.0, standard sized floppy and optical drives. so to say that they suffer a performance disparity is also inaccurate.
     
  21. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816

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    but I still do not understand why you need something so small for a desktop system? whats the point of conserving space when most towers just get put under a desk anyway? thats where mine is.
     
  22. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    It's good to see that other companies are finally starting to get the idea with attractive design, even if they're relatively unknown, and frankly in the case of the first one a bit ugly (really does look like a squat, white, 6400/6500 propped up in the front).

    I'm expecting something more elegant out of Apple, but we'll see. Might even be something entirely different--nobody saw the half-sphere iMac coming, nor the candy colors before that.

    It is really amusing how by the time the rest of the world has caught up to where Apple was in design, they've moved on already. They single-handedly made color in and rounded edges happen in consumer electronics and other electric goods with the iMac. Then they redefined that with the G4 iMac and it's elegant functionality, which other companies still haven't managed to emulate other than smooth white boxes like the one at the top of the thread. Now they're going hardcore indsutrial, which is less of a stretch relative to "past art" but still makes a bold statement.

    Who knows what's next.
     
  23. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    that aluminum cube don't hurt me posted is the only one that I like so far. that would be very nice.
     
  24. ChrisH3677 macrumors 6502a

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    b&Wman, this thread started as about iMacs. Since iMac seems to be the unit that Apple want to reduce desktop usage, I think that's why we keep talking about that issue. If you want a big grunty beast, yes, you get one, and you put it under your desk. But there is a significant market for computers following the iMac philosophy.

    edit: this isn't meant to sound abrupt, arrogant or rude but does read that way. sorry! :)
     

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