Oddly-shaped 2012 iMac Box

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  1. iMikeT macrumors 68020

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    For as long as I can remember, Apple has had their signature industrial design from product to shipping container. Despite all of that, what were they thinking with the trapezoid-shaped packaging of the new 2012 iMac?

    Don't believe me, look at Apple's iMac page: store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/imac
     

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  2. george-brooks macrumors 6502a

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  3. iMikeT thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I guess like the iMac itself, Apple is probably trying to trick the buyer into thinking the packaging is also thinner?

    More importantly however, the real question is, how well will these boxes stack on top of each other on pallets?
     
  4. bennybuyer macrumors newbie

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    I wouldn't be surprised if Apple stacked two, with one of them upside down, to make a square shape.
     
  5. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

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    You'd have to have a shim to put on the bottom though, to start it out level.
     

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  6. bennybuyer macrumors newbie

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    That's only if both faces are angled. The picture on Apple's site makes the back look flat. Therefore:
     

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  8. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    Oh, man! You guys are just too funny sometimes! lol

    Clearly this is way cooler than a plain box of yesteryear. :D
     
  9. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a

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    What's so confusing about this? They can stack these boxes together to make shipping them cheaper and more environmentally friendly (less planes needed). Additionally, the boxes themselves also use less material.
     
  10. george-brooks macrumors 6502a

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    Back doesn't look flat to me in the picture....not at all...
     
  11. bennybuyer macrumors newbie

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    Huh? That image is nearly perfectly isometric.
     
  12. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    Ok, you can have the iMac that was stocked & shipped in the upside-down position all the way from China. I'll take the right-side up one.
     
  13. bennybuyer macrumors newbie

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    Because we all know that computers shipped upside down don't function as well as their upright counterparts.

    Maybe we should 'shake well' when it arrives, just to be safe?
     
  14. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    Oh, look! Another taker for the UD model !!!!
     
  15. Overg macrumors 6502

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    Who care about the box shape? Really?
    But I think it's really cool box.
     
  16. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

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    I think you're right about the flat back thing. I didn't notice that. But that actually solves my initial problem because you can just put them in groups of twos, flat sides facing one another and have them fit together.

    I counter with a 3D render, now with 100% more ambient occlusion.
     

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  17. Bendrix macrumors member

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    The box reminds me of something from the 80s or 90s for some reason, like a box you would get at Christmas with some kind of toy in it. I'm not just saying that to be snarky. The packaging for this feels very consumerist? More so than sophisticated or sleek.
     
  18. Godzilla71 macrumors 6502

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    its the new magical wedge design. ;) see how they integrate seamlessly when stacked together. :eek: that is just marvelous design. It just works flawlessly. ;) :p
    /end box/packaging keynote
     
  19. iMarvin macrumors 6502

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    Why would it matter? Can you explain please? :confused:
     
  20. croooow macrumors 65816

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    500!!!

    Some people have too much time on their hands ;)
     
  21. snow blind macrumors regular

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    :D I'm sitting here and was about to draw the same thing in SolidWorks! haha
     
  22. johto macrumors 6502

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    I just loooove ambient occlusion ! :p
     
  23. karpich1 macrumors regular

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    Apple is big on making their boxes small and slim. Partially because, "Hey, we're Apple so we're cool." But ALSO because, the smaller the box the more they can ship at once.

    By shaving off a bit diagonally (due to the shape of the imac) and by stacking them accordingly (diagonal-side of box-A against diagonal-side of box-B) they can probably fit another X containers per pallet.

    So, they can ship more for cheaper.

    So they reduced the weight of each iMac by some lbs and shrunk the box a little.
     
  24. kuhtang macrumors regular

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    The renderings in this post made me laugh pretty hard, thanks all.
     
  25. iHailCarlo macrumors 6502

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    I really hope that no one is really complaining about the shape of a packing box? :confused:
     

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