The box, the box! (iMac box)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hakr100, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. hakr100 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    East Coast
    I'm on my third iMac. Love the machines. This time, though, I wonder if a product design team at Apple ate too many laced brownies.

    What is with the damned trapezoidal box? The previous box, both shipping and product itself, was what one would expect, rectangular, easy to open, easy to store, easy to get the iMac out of the box or back inside.

    The new boxes are a nightmare. Sometimes these product designers just get too cute.

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  2. Arfdog macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2013
    I got my 2012 iMac out of the box with zero issues.
  3. tomwvr macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2012
    Frederick Maryland
    If apple can save 50 cents a box by reducing the cardboard - and the shipping weight a bit it is a good thing.

    And I thought the box was easy to get my 27 inch iMac out of.

  4. Fatboy71 macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2010
    No issues at all when I got my Late 2012 iMac. Infact I found the iMac's box easier to open and to get the thing out of, than a lot of other products I've owned.
  5. numlock macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    shipping weight is one thing and then there is the volumetric weight which dosent have to improve at all. how much does with width increase from the top to the bottom of the box and is that extra width needed?

    im all for using less of materials and creating less of an environmental impact but im not sure about the shape of this box. then again i dont like the shape and look of the new model as well
  6. Lucianrider macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    St. Lucia, West Indies
    Someone showed how the wedge shaped box would save quite a bit of volume by fitting every other box upside down to create a large cuboid shape without any air space. Sounds like they did their homework to me!

    And I agree with the other posters, I got my wifes 27" out very easily...
  7. jvette macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2007
    I think you guys are missing the point with the box. It's new, hip, cool and shows the new design of the the thin screen. It's supposed to make you think new and thin. Great marketing for Apple.
  8. SoAnyway macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2011
    Yeah I remembers seeing a post here a couple of years ago when Apple unveiled the 2012 iMac and the box it ships in. A couple of people then showed how the boxes are easier to ship in containers with the new design. It definitely makes a lot of sense after it's explained. Though, I have to agree that it's not entirely aesthetically pleasing when looking at it from the side.
  9. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    I know when I sent an iMac back, it went through the post office and the cardboard box it's shipped in is just the maximum size the post office would accept.
  10. numlock macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    i deleted that question from my post if the they did in fact ship them like that.

    if true then of course its the right move

    maybe im wrong but i think the exterior box for my imac had a this side up sticker
  11. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Exactly. You don't have to reach down inside a thin little box, hold the box with your knees so the box doesn't come up with the iMac. You just drop the front, and slide it straight out. Much easier.
  12. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
  13. cats4jan macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2013
    Sometimes it's easier to open the bottom and pull the box off the product.

    First open the top and remove any loose items.

    (The first thing I thought was that they were packing these boxes one up and one down so they would fit together to make a rectangle - then wondered if keeping one of the boxes upside down was a good idea?)

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