The Macintosh Neue

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  1. bradl macrumors 68040

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    There isn't a separate Mac Hardware section to post this to, but since this came from an MBA, I'll throw it here.

    I Found this from Curved Labs, via Gizmodo.

    I love my MBA, but if I ever wanted a desktop again, this would be it.

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  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    I think it has too much bezel. I would want a wider screen too.

    I REALLY like the idea of using the floppy drive as a SD card slot though.
     
  3. scaredpoet, Jan 13, 2015
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    scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    The major problem with this design is, it's being retro solely for the sake of being retro. Seriously, what's even the point of the spot below the screen, that's presumably meant to harken back to the floppy drive on the original mac? The SD slot takes up less than a quarter of that dark space. Does the rest even serve a legitimate purpose other than being just for looks?

    It's a neat gimmick, but other than that, it just reminds me of why the original Mac models were so boxy, and how current technology doesn't necessitate that anymore. The design takes up a lot of space that doesn't need to be taken anymore, and that pushes it off the cliff from being a good "back to your roots" design, to just being a bad replication of the problems of older technology.

    Lastly: Lighting up the Apple logo on a laptop that others will see is kind of neat. Lighting up an Apple logo that will only serve to illuminate the back wall you've got this desktop system up against is just obnoxious. Few real-world workstations mimic Apple Store retail displays.
     
  4. motrek macrumors 68020

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    A lot of stuff is retro solely for the sake of being retro.

    I love the design. I won't get one but I love that somebody made it.
     
  5. afsnyder macrumors 65816

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    Why bother with that curve? The curve was there for a reason before but now it seems unnecessary.
     
  6. leman macrumors 604

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    Its certainly a neat homage, but nothing more. Its simply not functional. The old Mac was designed this way because of technical limitations of that time. I see no point simulating them on a modern machine.
     
  7. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    You're right about that, and a lot of that stuff ends up not moving much of anything forward. I would rather have enhanced features and improved functionality, over being able to wax nostalgic when I sit in front of what's supposed to be a more modern, more advanced computer.

    and there we go.
     
  8. motrek macrumors 68020

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    It's not supposed to be more modern or more advanced than a current Mac. Where are you getting these ideas from?
     
  9. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    My bad, I was not aware that the definition of "futuristic design" (as referenced in the description) had changed recently to mean not modern or more advanced.
     
  10. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Nope, the definition didn't change. Futuristic design has always meant stuff that (visually) looks like it's from the future, like from a science fiction comic book or something.

    Just do a Google image search for "futuristic design" and it'll become immediately clear that this company nailed it.
     
  11. redheeler macrumors 603

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    This is not meant to be practical, it's just made to look cool.

    BTW, having a room full of PPC Macs means I couldn't care less about this wannabe.
     
  12. n-evo macrumors 65816

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    Not sure why I would want a 15-inch 4:3 screen coming from a 27-inch 16:9 screen.
     
  13. scaredpoet, Jan 14, 2015
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    scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    There's fantastical futurism and practical futurism. And then there's stuff that attempts to evoke futurism but makes little sense. This design is in the third category. It's a paradox: they're trying to achieve a "futuristic" design, but by forcing a design language that made sense 31 years ago and doesn't age well.

    There's retrofuturism, but this design even seems out of place there, too. Perhaps if they tried to mimic the original iMac, they'd nail retrofuturism. But this clearly isn't that.

    So I'm left with the one category where it does fit: just plain bad design, even for a fantastical concept.

    To be fair: bad design happens all the time. Apple has managed to churn out some pretty bad clunkers, too.

    I did. All of the designs depicted are pretty accurately futuristic, and none that I could see tried to fit within a mold that was forced upon engineering and design teams over 3 decades ago. And an image of this "Macintosh Neue" sure didn't make the cut.
     
  14. paolo- macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not too sure why this is getting so much flack :p .

    It's purely an exercise in styling. Basically what would a 20th anniversary Mac look like if it was built today. While it doesn't push technology like the technology forward like the 20th did it's a decent work of styling. It's reminiscent of older macs while keeping up current Mac style. Obviously, it's quite pointless as it's not practical at all...
     
  15. crsh1976 macrumors 6502a

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    It's stupid as ****, but I'd order one in a heartbeat - it's a great reminder of my first Mac Plus and SE/30 years (without the crappy 9 inch b&w tube screen).
     
  16. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, and not sure how this company is supposed to push the technology forward. They don't make the computer guts after all.
     
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