POLL: Prefer old or new iMac design?

Do you prefer the looks of the new iMac or the old iMac?

  • The old one is looking better after today. I prefer the G5 iMac design.

    Votes: 131 25.8%
  • The G6 is beautiful. I prefer it to the old G5 design.

    Votes: 299 58.9%
  • It's a toss-up. Love it or hate it, I find them about the same.

    Votes: 78 15.4%

  • Total voters
    508

Jimmery

macrumors member
Jul 25, 2005
86
0
Canada
Old--especially in context with times (this look in 2003 was cool, but now?)... This update just adds make-up to the old model.
 

netdog

macrumors 603
Original poster
Feb 6, 2006
5,762
36
London
Apart from the keyboard, I have to agree that the new iMacs look pretty garish. I really was ready to buy until I saw them. That black around the screen really turned me off. I was hoping that they would look like thick Apple Cinema Displays. Now my old one is looking a darn sight better.

Oh yeah, the glossy screen is a bummer as far as I am concerned.
 

Sam*

macrumors regular
Feb 14, 2006
204
0
UK
white was much better

i dont like silver/aluminum it feels cold, lol

it just needs to be one color instead of two,

but even then i think i may still prefer white

apple needs to employ some of the guys who done some of the mock ups they were nicer:cool:
 

netdog

macrumors 603
Original poster
Feb 6, 2006
5,762
36
London
How come everyone posting likes the old one, but the new one is leading 2:1? How many accounts does Jonathan Ive have here?
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

Moderator emeritus
Mar 10, 2004
13,604
146
Bergen, Norway
I like the new one better... never cared much for the old one, it was too fat and "lumpy" (but I did like the iLamp, though ;)).

This new one is sleek and gorgeous...
 

PlaceofDis

macrumors Core
Jan 6, 2004
19,232
4
I like the new one better... never cared much for the old one, it was too fat and "lumpy" (but I did like the iLamp, though ;)).

This new one is sleek and gorgeous...
going to have to agree with you.

everything at apple is going with the cold/steel/pro look. i like it.
 

Bluefusion

macrumors 6502
Apr 25, 2003
257
0
New York, NY
My God, it's gorgeous. How can you guys hate it? The white iMac is friendlier, yes, but it's also more childlike-- Macbook style. This is the essence of power without feeling overwrought (G5/Mac Pro, ughh). It's almost Zen in its two colors and single, continuous curve. There isn't a single element out of balance.

I also think the black around the screen is one of the most professional and beautiful things they could have done--it instantly sets it apart by giving those cold edges some warmth (oddly, by way of black). To be totally honest, I think it's the most beautiful machine Apple's ever designed. And the back? Wow. Just wow.

I want one SO BAD. When will there be an Apple laptop that looks like this??
 

rapidrobert

macrumors newbie
Jul 31, 2007
10
0
The new ones could have rolled off ANYONE'S assembly line, not the great apple designs we're used to.

If the new imac looked like the back of my ipod/iphone, silver with the shiny silver apple, (how nice would that look on the back of the imac?) I would have sold my white 2.16 C2D.

As it stands now I like my imac a LOT better (looks wise) than the new imac.
 

L

Lau

Guest
I really like the aluminium look and the thinness, and I like the black surround to the screen. The thing I think really lets it down is the giant black apple – it seems a bit glaring and clumsy compared to the rest of the design. I'd have been more inclined to go with an inset, slightly different shade of aluminium Apple logo like so:


Excuse the hasty photoshopping, but you get the idea.

Having said that, I'll be buying one when Leopard comes out – it's exactly the computer I want, and I'm not going to not buy one because of the colour of the logo.
 

MIDI_EVIL

macrumors 65816
Jan 23, 2006
1,320
13
UK
Previous model looked like a toy.

This new model has really opened my eyes to the iMac's form.

The addition of the 2.8 Extreme, has also tempted me away from the Mac Pro.

Rich.
 

Navintar

macrumors member
Jul 15, 2006
95
0
California
I like the new look with the aluminum casing and black trim. But I have to admit it looks a little "retro", comparing to the white imac. The white imac is more uniform and minimalist. Despite the toy-like white color, it is more subtle in its own way.

Since all the professional product line uses aluminum casing, shiny metallic logo, and black finish, people at Apple gets us to somehow relate this tone with a product that is more "professional"-- a product that is higher-end.

Who knows this design might grow on us. Even though it seems like they try to do something a little more than necessary, IMO the design is contemporary and should last longer with time. The white imac looks more futuristic, but that doesn't mean a good thing.
 

Le Big Mac

macrumors 68030
Jan 7, 2003
2,587
166
Washington, DC
Old--especially in context with times (this look in 2003 was cool, but now?)... This update just adds make-up to the old model.
I like the updates from a hardware perspective, but would have been just as happy to see them in the old white version. I don't see anything better about the aluminum--the back even looks the same (and still no VESA mount).
 

Navintar

macrumors member
Jul 15, 2006
95
0
California


A quick view of each model side by side. The evolution from the G4 lamp was dramatic. The new aluminum imac does look "retro" comparing to older models imo. :)
 

mkrishnan

Moderator emeritus
Jan 9, 2004
29,641
12
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
I'm sort of holding out to actually see one. I think the front generally looks fine, but the back, from the photos and graphics, looks very curious to me. It reminds me of the back of a CRT television... but I'm assuming the plastic isn't typical cheap matte finish plastic as used by other vendors, so I'll wait to see it.

Otherwise I think the design that the iMac G5 and prior CD / C2D iMacs had is the nicest one.

P.S. Why on Earth are you calling it the "G6" design? There's nothing G6 about it. It doesn't have a "G6" processor, nor is the processor the sixth generation of anything, as far as I know, and it isn't the sixth generation of the iMac either.
 

monke

macrumors 65816
May 30, 2005
1,439
2
Ditch the black, and it would look a lot better.

I don't get how the entire back is black, and yet they ship it with white plugs and cables. :confused:
 

FleurDuMal

macrumors 68000
May 31, 2006
1,809
0
London Town
I quite like the new one. Looks like a real attempt, in design terms, to bridge the gap between computers and televisions, which is no bad thing. The old iMac looked a bit toyish (although my white Macbook looks toyish I suppose, but I still love it).
 

MBHockey

macrumors 68040
Oct 4, 2003
3,927
161
New York
It's alright. I really do not like the black trim. It looks like they just slapped it on there. If it wasn't there, all it'd be is a silver G5/C2D iMac with a slim keyboard.

I can't believe they STILL haven't gotten rid of its chin.