Pictures of Possible New iMac Design (Touch Screen Speculation)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by GodBless, Apr 1, 2007.


Do These Pictures Accurately Represent What You Think the New iMac Will Look Like?

  1. Totally

    5 vote(s)
  2. Mostly

    0 vote(s)
  3. Somewhat

    1 vote(s)
  4. Not Really

    10 vote(s)
  5. Not At All

    115 vote(s)
  1. GodBless macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    Note: Please read this post including my design intent and the voting rules before you vote.

    Here are some pictures of what I think the new iMac will look like (as far as its basic shape is concerned--more pictures are posted on my next post):

    Isometric 1:

    Right Side:

    Left Side:

    Front Side:

    Back Side:

    Voting guidelines for the following answers to the question "Do These Pictures (Posted in my First Two Posts of This Thread) Accurately Represent What You Think the New iMac Will Look Like?:
    - Totally - This answer means that you think that the iMac will have the same basic shape that are represented in the models that I posted.
    - Mostly - This answer means that you think that the iMac will look mostly like what the designs that I posted look like. (Possible reasons why you might choose this answer)
    - Somewhat - This answer means that the iMac models that I posted barely look like what you had in mind.
    - Not Really - This answer means that you had quite a different design in mind for what the new iMac will look like compared to the pictures that I posted.
    - Not At All - The answer means that you think the iMac will look almost nothing like the model in my pictures that I posted.

    Here is my design intent:
    - I made a model of a touch screen iMac.
    - I sloped the iMac at the angle of a common keyboard and left room for a keyboard to be placed in front of it. This angle makes it easier on the neck than looking at a piece of paper on a flat desk or table and also makes it easy for drawing with a stylus (and yes a stylus would be optional since Apple has perfected and patented fingered touch screen accuracy with their iPhone)--a lot of drawing boards are also angled up which makes the angled iMac a great all around design. The main reason for not having the screen vertical is because it would be hard on the arms and making it angled would be a lot easier for using it for many hours.
    - I made the dimensions of the screen similar to (but not quite perfectly to scale) what a standard monitor's physical screen size would be.
    - I filleted the edges so that they would be rounded for comfortable usage and so that the corners wouldn't be potential cutting hazards if they were to be accidentally cut into.
    - (I may post another design model with the keyboard built-in to the front of the computer. That design might look better and function better anyway. The only reason that I left it off is because I thought the keyboard might get in the way but since I am now thinking about it again--the keyboard built-in will probably be better because the keyboard is needed so often and an on-screen keyboard would only get in the way (i.e. it would take up screen space) of other things that could be on the screen--and plus an onscreen keyboard is a lot harder to use. Apple has been gradually integrating an all-in-one iMac design and adding the keyboard to that all-in-one integration would be a good move for Apple. That design would make the computer all the more mobile. The only thing missing from the integration would be the mouse (and the power source ;) ).)

    I made these models in the 3D rendering program named SolidWorks.

    And of course feel free to post your own pictures and comments regarding what you think the new iMac will look like. :)

    (This current thread is a continuation of this other thread.)

    Attached Files:

  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Not at all... not in a billion years... when spoken, truth rules out opinion.
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I agree that it's probably not the direction Apple will take with the next iMac. It's an interesting design from the ergonomic tablet perspective though.
  4. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    What she said!

    It looks like some 1970s piece of electronic lab equipment. If the iMac was to go to a tablet format I think it look like a thicker Cintiq.
  5. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    Not a chance. I'm not saying it wouldn't be a good design for some users, say EPOS, but it's not gonna happen for the general public. If Apple say the tablet market is too small and specialist, then this is even smaller.

    How many iMac are bought by people to use in the bedroom to double as a DVD player?
    How much desktop space would that take up?

    EDIT: On 2nd viewing I'm wondering whether this is actually an April fools by GodBless and he's just recycled a design for a lectern he had knocking about.
  6. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    That looks too awkward....IF apple were to make the next iMac touchscreen, it will NOT look like that...
  7. GodBless thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    More Pictures...

    Top Side:

    Bottom Side:

    Isometric View 2:

    Other View:

    Attached Files:

  8. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    Can you imagine the footprint of a 24"? No fracking™ way.

    This is an April Fool thing, isn't it? :rolleyes:
  9. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    The additional images adds nothing. I think we all could have visualised the different views:rolleyes:

    And not a very good one.
    The AppleTVTivo got me for a sec though.
  10. GodBless thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    Wow--harsh criticism! Well--back to the drawing board (but since I don't have access to SolidWorks again for a while, I might not post my refined designs for a while). Perhaps the small fillets make the design look bad (I'll experiment with their sizes when I get a chance to later). :confused: And also remember all of the elements (including the screen, ports and logo) and an un-pixelated version of the 3D rendered model aren't included with the images that I attached. I don't think the images produced by this program can look as good as what Apple's marketing team could come up with instead for the exact same design--with that said I'd like a little feedback on what specifically I could change on the design that I posted in order for it to both look better and serve its same function.

    Sure it looks like a wooden wedge but I think Apple could make it look cool--maybe giving it a shiny leather/brownish look.

    I personally don't think my design is that bad but if you think that you have a better design I'd like to see pictures of iMac models posted from you guys and gals. ;)
  11. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    It's way too bulky for something Apple would come out with.
  12. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    That proves it, you are taking the piss :D
  13. GodBless thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    I updated the images by removing the lines (which in my opinion makes the models look much better) with the Mac OS X Application eDrawings Viewer 2007. I hope you at least somewhat like the difference. :)

    I can see the newspaper headlines--"iMac from Lamp to Wedge".
  14. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    Total Coolness!

    After I get fed up of it I can use it as a footrest!!
  15. Max Payne macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2006
    Brisbane, Australia
    I'll pre-order one as soon as they are released. :)
  16. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    i'm going to be open-minded here. How does this new design make using the computer better/easier/more effective than the current design?
  17. GodBless thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    Well this was discussed in this thread but if you don't want to read the whole thing I've re-posted my basic thoughts about why it might happen (that I mentioned in my first post of the other thread) here:

    Reasons That Support It Happening:
    - What Else Would The iMac's Innovations Be?
    - Leopard Still Needs It's Top Secret Features--Touch Screen Software Could Be Part Of Those Confidential Secrets That Apple Has Done A Great Job Hiding
    - A Resolution Independent UI Makes Touch Screen Programming No Different Than Standard Mac OS Programming It Is Already
    - Many Tablet Ideas Have Been Patented By Apple
    - Jeff Han Has Been Talked About a Lot On MacRumors--Especially In Rumor Articles (like this one)
    - Mac OS X Is Ready For Touch Screen Technologies

    Reasons Why It Might Not Happen:
    - No Information Regarding A New Revolutionary iMac Has Been Leaked From Apple Until Now So It Might Not Be As Major As One Might Think

    Besides this and most importantly Apple has been developing multi-touch technologies (where you use more than one finger on the screen at a time) with their iPhone. Here are some awesome videos (click here for video 1, click here for video 2 and click here for video 3) of what multi-touch can do on large monitors.

    I also think a touch screen computer would be great for various things that a keyboard and mouse can't do as fast or as well. Think about actually touching multiple buttons on the screen quickly instead of moving the mouse from one button to another button. A mouse takes a lot longer to go from one end of the screen to the next in comparison to fingers. The way I look at it is that mice can be used for precision and fingers can be used for things that don't need to be as precise. The reason why touch screen is a great technology is because it has advantages where the keyboard and the mouse don't. This doesn't mean that the mouse and keyboard will disappear (because both the keyboard and the mouse can do things better than a touch-screen input can) but it does mean that we'll have an extra way of inputing things on to our computers. We won't even required to use the touch screen if we don't want to but it will be there in case we choose to--it's just like the fact that we aren't even required to use a mouse on our computer today but we choose to use it anyway.
  18. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
  19. Fantomas macrumors newbie


    Mar 26, 2007
    De gustibus non disputandum est

    Very useful if u can fit it under the door as a doorwedge

  20. Jo-Kun macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2003
    if you want to try anything on april fools at least make more of an effort than just rendering a grey piece of 'cheese' it looks like somthing to stop doors from opening, really makes no sense at all... seen better hoaxes on this forum before ;-)
  21. GodBless thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    Seriously Watch This:
    Amazing video of modern touch screen technology.

    (Also watch this and this.)
  22. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    Yes, but how did you get from there to a wedge of cheddar? :confused:
  23. GodBless thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    All I did was angle the computer to the same slope as a keyboard and then I cut off a chunk for the keyboard to fit there.

    Why are people complaining and saying it's a bad design?

    Is it because it looks bad?
    Is it because it's April fools day?
    Is it because it is designed poorly?
    Is it because people don't like touch screen?

    Perhaps it's a combination of all of these things. :(

    Well at least you guys and gals gave me a reason to update my design. If I have time I will do it and post it.
  24. GodBless thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    Well--assuming that you think it's a poor design--how would you change it so that it would be a good design?

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