Apple loves thin products. Why are they fine with massive bezels though?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CChevW, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. CChevW macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2014
    I'm referring particularly to the iMac here, but this is pretty much the case with all of Apples products. They love thinness. They same to be the company who always has the thinness phone, tablet, etc. But why are they OK with big bezels. The iMac has massive bezels and a ginormous chin. The iPhone has big bezels compared to the competition. And it's the same in all their other product categories. Why are they OK with this? Seems strange to me.
  2. jobs.jdfournier macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2014
    I can only think when you squash something, what happens? It squeezes out the sides. The components have to go somewhere.

    On the iPad, I don't mind it because you need somewhere to hold. On the iMac, I would rather it be thick than wide or tall. Really they could add 4 inches (or more) of thickness and it wouldn't matter one bit.
  3. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
    Couldn't agree more.

    Who has a wall-mounted iMac? No-one. If it was thicker (deeper) they could make it more easily upgradeable or repairable as well, e.g. disk upgrade or replacement, replacement fan, whatever.

    The obsession with thinness is silly and a case of form over function imho.
  4. jobs.jdfournier macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2014
    I have a late 2009 iMac and really don't mind the bezel and chin, but I could see it being a little big for some to fit in certain spaces. I would love a thicker design to allow desktop parts and expansion slots. I have opened it up and upgraded it many times but having user accessible panels and more free PCI or SATA slots would be great.

    I know I am turning it into a Mac Pro with an integrated screen but why not?
  5. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    I would imagine a future new design will have smaller bezels.
  6. CChevW thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2014
    I don't disagree, but why are they at forefront of the thinness revolution but lagging behind everyone else when it comes to bezels :confused:
  7. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
    I would imagine you're right. I would also imagine not a hope in hell that it will be more upgradeable. Apple seem hell bent on (the not very green, I might add) throw it away rather than upgrade it.
  8. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2012
    some say the bezel helps you focus on the screen/contents... not so sure about that tough.
  9. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    While I can't answer specifically, I can deduce that its a design choice since some of their older g4 computers had very thin bezels.

    So the real question is, why does apple like them so much?
  10. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    Today I learned that the large market for VESA mounts for iMacs is imaginary.
  11. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    Actually that's an interesting point which I had never thought about before. Now I'm only speaking for myself but I think I would be distracted by what's behind my iMac if the bezels were super thin, where it's located in my home the background is pretty busy.
  12. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    On the thin iMac they would have to make the edges thicker to decrease the bezel size and bring the display closer to the edge. Being at the forefront of the "thinness revolution" means making some sacrifices.

    The bezels don't really bother me, at least not on a desktop. In fact I would even consider them a part of the iconic design.
  13. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    They have to leave room for some type of design improvement to the next generation - it's the Apple way.
  14. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    They have to leave room for fingerprints. ;)
  15. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
    People use VESA mounts to mount their iMacs on an arm, 99.9% of the time. Hardly anyone wall mounts them because most people don't have 18" deep desks nor like to sit with their knees against the wall.
  16. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    I would LOVE to see thinner bezels on future iMac designs!


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