The new iMac (if there ever is one) will be a DESKTOP computer. Although it may well be portable, and is most likely to be an all in one cpu/monitor unit, it will have a separate keyboard etc. Apple knows what a desktop computer is...
I kinda like the look of the curly iMac - although point taken about the space issue.
I think the big challenge in designing an LCD iMac is to make sure it still has a distinctive personality that will capture the consumer imagination in the way that the original iMac did. If the new iMac just looks like one of Apple's LCD monitors with the motherboard concealed round the back, then Apple will have failed.
The curve is a good attempt at making a reference to the original iMac and giving the new design a point of differentiation.
Remember with the original iMac, Apple were able to protect their design since is was distinctive - they successfully chased off the likes of eMachines who copied their design.
If Apple goes for a small footprint LCD monitor with concealed motherboard design in their bland white and chrome finish, their design will be so generic that anyone could follow it - if they wanted to!!
After the "medical" look of the iPod, I've no idea where Apple will go with the new iMac - it could be inspired, but I wouldn't be suprise if it's a disaster.
That top picture is very plausible - it's exactly the kind of bland thing Apple has been designing recently. I just hope we get something more from Apple in January - something that keeps the spirit of the iMac alive.
i am a little concerned with the lack of colors lately and the ibook does look a little like the fujitsu pc laptop which came out a year or two earlier
i like the distictive look of my original ibook even though i know the new ibook is a better machine on the inside
maybe apple is starting to get a little conservative in their approach because that is where the tastes are heading right now when it comes to computer design
i don't mind stock black laptops but i hope apple never starts making beige desktops again
the funny thing is when i see graphic design studios in homes and companies, i will see the sleek G4 on the floor and a giant beige sony trinitron CRT on the desk (this is the most common setup i have seen with professionals who make a living with graphic design)
i wish i would see the more attractive apple LCDs but too many graphics professionals i meet and i hear from in forums still don't accept the LCD for serious work even though a recent macworld issue said that LCDs are getting very close to being within the range of acceptability for color critical work for professionals
Firstly - the G4 Powerbook is a fantastic piece of design - I'm using one right now to write this message & I love it. It's not flashy or all bright colours - it's lean, minimal & very stylish. I've yet to see any other portable match it in looks (Sharp has made a noble attempt recently, but they haven't got close).
BUT! The G4 Powerbook is a bright spot in anotherwise dull bunch of designs we've had from Apple of late. The Cube looked like a plastic tissue dispenser, the iPod looks like a stethascope, the iBook looks plasticky and cheap. They're all white and dull - like intruments from a mental assylum where the patients must not be overstimulated.
The clunky, rectangluar, angular form of the iPod does a dis-service to the great thinking behind the device.
I think it's critical Apple brings out an updated iMac, and it needs to be a little more than a fat silver LCD monitor!
On the subject of the way designers set up their workspace - from my experience they have only very limited understanding of the technology they're using, and frequently refer to their monitor as their "Mac" and their Mac as their "Hard Drive!"
I don't think those new designs are dull.
And the cube is VERY nice. (at least, that's what I think) If you don't like it, then don't buy 1. Tissue dispenser pffffff. Whatever.
U are using a powerbook G4, and I don't like the looks of it 1 bit. I sold mine after 3 weeks.
Accept that different people have different taste.
guys those so called "I-mac pics" are soooooooo old.