this is the real thing unless time magazine is in the rumor business, too (ha, ha, ha)
the new imac is big but for us mac users it may seem like nothing...but steve jobs and company need to build their market share which is now at 4 percent and their worldwide share is under three percent (according to the article) and no matter how much money they made from the original imac, this is scary news
the new imac does seem a little ugly to me as a mac user but it may be a breath of fresh air for pc users and may actually bring in new users even though the article does not seem to think so
but i say time magazine is wrong and the pc world has taken their beige box tower design has far as they can due to the "freefall" of the computer industry as they call it which is due in part to the boring pc towers they try to warm up and resell over and over again
You were expecting, what? Did you really think Apple would retread another Porsche/Geiger industrial design? That's what Wintel boxes and ghetto blasters look like. Those swooping, sensuous egg shapes. The old iMac was the best example of that kind of thing, but now it's time to admit that a computer is not a car and that it has no need to be aerodynamic.
The new iMac reminds me of the old fifties Philco Predicta televisions in reverse. http://www.imagina.com/~kevinw/Images/Predicta.jpg
This time, the screen is rectilinear and the guts of it are rounded. I think it's elegant. The perfect design for this kind of thing.
[Edited by puckenpepper on 01-07-2002 at 03:49 AM]
ive taken a look at the image in photoshop, but i really cant say if its real... ive zoomed in and it looks quite pixilated, but again that might just be because the image was fairly small.
Im not sure about the new design, looks kinda like a reading lamp 2 me!