Just a thought... (name for next iMac generation)

Cfour

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But when the new iMacs finally roll along, now that Apple have switched to Intel, how will we name that generation of iMacs.
My point is, all of the other iMac redesign have tied in with the PPC chip inside, ie iMac G4 shockingly enough had a G4 processor, iMac G5 had a G5.
So will we call the new iMacs the 'G6' even though this is irrelevant to the computer itself?

Cfour
 

TBi

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Well Steve said they wanted to bring the Mac name into their products, like MacBook and Mac Pro.

So instead of iMac G5 we'll have the iMac Mac :)
 

4God

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Uhhhh.....what? Why would the name change? The current lineup of iMacs has an Intel chip, so what's your point?
 

Cfour

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lol, sorry. My point was; with each new model of iMac, the processor has changed so if you say an 'iMac G3' you know its the model with the G3 PPC chip, but now they use Intel chips this no longer works so will the new iMac (which would be called the G6) be referred to as the G6 ?

Hope thats a little clearer lol

Cfour
 

Doctor Q

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I haven't been impressed with the names Apple uses to distinguish models.

Take a look at their specs page for a list of these names. Sometimes they differentiate by speed, i.e., MacBook Pro (2.4/2.2GHz), sometimes by date, i.e., MacBook (Late 2006), and sometimes by other features, e.g., iMac G5 (Ambient Light Sensor).

The Power Mac G4 MDD I bought in 2002 was named after it's "mirrored drive door", which is a rather superficial characteristic, but I suppose that's the easiest way to tell it from other models of the era.

Perhaps relying on a few key characteristics is better than using Gestalt IDs (unique numbers assigned to each model) but still I wish each Mac model was assigned a human name, the way hurricanes are, or the name of a type of apple fruit, or some other moniker picked out of a hat, just to have a friendlier way to refer to it. Lacking that, I think they should use the model name, size or speed, and the month of release, e.g., "PowerBook 17" 2005 October", and use that consistently.
 

headhammer

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Well Steve said they wanted to bring the Mac name into their products, like MacBook and Mac Pro.

So instead of iMac G5 we'll have the iMac Mac :)
don't you mean the Mac iMac? all the names are getting 'mac' in front of them, is all :p
 

headhammer

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fine, spoil my fun.
i was just in it for a lark.

i don't think they'll change the name either.
unless...
they might call it the Mini MacIMac Pro Mac... Mac
 

trule

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iMac already has "Mac" in its name, so there will be no change.

The whole iMac name and brand is getting a little old, it still works for the very personal devices where the i is analogous to the I, but with the desktop becoming a family digital hub...the i does not mean what it used too.

A simple "Mac" perhaps?
 

TBi

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Imac Intel Generation 2?

thats the one that makes the most since to me.
But that could get confusing because the iMac G2 is newer than the iMac G4 or G5...

I'm pretty sure the processors were called G4 because they were Generation 4 RISC architecture.