When is the iMac going to get a new redesign?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Danger! Will, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. Danger! Will macrumors regular

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    It's design is a little long in the tooth...and what will it be called...just Macintosh?
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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  3. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Maybe he thinks Apple'll "correct" the inconsistency in the naming.

    MacBook - MacBook Pro
    iMac - Mac Pro

    Logically, you'd rename the iMac simply the "Mac". There are no such thing as the iMacBook after all.
     
  4. stevento macrumors 6502

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    #4

    exactly.
    it used to be
    iBook, PowerBook
    iMac, PowerMac

    so this time it should have been
    Macbook, Macbook Pro
    Mac and Mac Pro.
    but maybe just calling it Mac is too plain and short
    or maybe they should have inserted a word after "Mac" for the desktops.

    i was thinking
    DeskMac and DeskMac Pro.
    becuase a desk it where it stays.
    actually DeskMac is crappy

    maybe they could've done this:
    Macbook Mini*, Macbook, Macbook Pro
    Mac mini, Mac, MacPro

    *a possible ultra portable macbook?

    or they could've added i before all the desktops and had it been
    Macbook, macbook pro
    iMac Mini, iMac and iMac Pro

    actually i think iMac is redundant; you dont need i and Mac in the same title...
    actually i dont know what they should've done.:confused:
     
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    "Macintosh" would be a terrible name for a product. For example:

    Bob - I just bought a brand new Macintosh!

    Joe - Woa, cool, which one?

    Bob - I told you, I got a Macintosh!

    Joe - But which Macintosh?

    Bob - The Macintosh

    Joe - Which Macintosh?

    etc.​
     
  6. MacNut macrumors Core

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    I agree that the design needs work.

    Just calling it Mac wont work as the whole line are Macs.
     
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Someone said feb/march of 07 I think... somewhere...
    If you believe some random unverified post on this place, then it'll happen in the next few months. Maybe around when Leopard comes out... if you believe:rolleyes:
     
  8. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    What's wrong with it? I think it's the best designed (all-in-one) computer on the market. Surely they will change it sometime, but I can't imagine what they can do at this point.

    As for the name, it's the original iComputer, and it's such a famous name I doubt they'll be changing it. Apple's recent name changes have to do with making sure "Mac" is in the name all their computers. iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro.
     
  9. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816

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    Kinda funny, isn't it? We see all these mockups for iTablets, iPhones, true video iPods... but no one yet has even tried to top the iMac G5/CD.

    Aside from the chin, that machine is painfully close to perfect design, imho. And the chin is only an issue for some people; my wife disliked it and kinda made fun of it at first... but I thought it was beautiful. I think she came around to seeing it my way at some point.

    I'm not sure how I'm going to react when they switch over to a new design :(
     
  10. Silentwave macrumors 68000

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    There was a fantastic concept that flew around a few times... transparent when off.
     
  11. Arnel macrumors member

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    Hehe... I guess then they'd have even more people asking "where did the computer go?"!
     
  12. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816

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    ?

    Like, a rear-projection iMac or something?

    I have no idea how this would work.
     
  13. mgargan1 macrumors 65816

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    So, Apple announced the original iMac in May '98, the next real revision was in Oct '99, a year and a half later. Two and three months later, apple announced the flat panel iMac in Jan. '02, and then announced the G5 iMac in Aug. '04, two and a half years later... we should be looking at a new design relatively soon... although, i doubt it'll be at this MW...
     
  14. Cosmo modo macrumors member

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    They could make the screen even thinner.....

    but i don't see how they could drastically improve the design..... the iMac already is a 'LCD screen'

    it's hard to design an even 'simpler' design
     
  15. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    The only improvement I could see was removing the chin...but I quite like the chin so meh.

    There could be improvement of the internal design to allow for desktop components and easier access for upgraders. But that would take away money from Apple so I'm certain they'll never do that. It's against the "Apple philosophy". As far as they're concerned, consumers don't upgrade, and they are mostly right.
     
  16. bigandy macrumors G3

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    i love the current design, and there's really no need for it to change.

    however the chin on the 24" seems a little bit too big, if you ask me. proportionally when looking at other iMacs it's good, but i would rather see it being half the height it is.
     
  17. iancapable macrumors 6502

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    Personally I would just like the ability to change the video card as and when newer ones come out... The 7600 seems a good enough card, but there are a lot better ones (even midrange) now!
     
  18. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    That's because that mockup wasn't particularly based on existing technology when it was designed. :p

    I'm sure Apple will overhaul the iMac design when something else captivates them. I have yet to see a particularly interesting to me (and feasible) idea in concept discussions, though, that's better than the current design. And the current design is prettier, to me, than pretty much every other computer available.
     
  19. Gosh macrumors 6502

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    Nothing wrong in having a prominent chin!

    I love my Intel iMac! The most complete and attractive personal computing solution imaginable!

    All the past iMacs have been iconic designs and I wish I could have had the pleasure of each one to date. This is my first.

    There is a possibility that a dramatic new design will accompany Leopard but the name will stay! I can't imagine what it will be like though.

    However, most bets are on the present form staying for a while - most of the breaking technology is internal: PMR hard drives etc.
     
  20. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    I like the iMac just the way it is and I like the name iMac too.
     
  21. MacDonaldsd macrumors 65816

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    The iMac is a perfect name. But I really do prefer the iMac G4 design but I doubt apple will take a step backwards.
     
  22. psychofreak Retired

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    Here are the mockups...

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  23. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    the keyboard and mouse seem a bit outdated for a system that advanced. Perhaps they will invent something better soon. Maybe a touchscreen imac.
     
  25. kewpid macrumors regular

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    No offence to the OP, but change for the sake of change is pointless. Every redesign of the iMac was to solve a particular problem, or adopt a compelling new technology. The current iMac design is about as minimalist as you can get. Any changes from here on will be minor cosmetic ones (thinner design, smaller bezel etc...)
     

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