The Possibility of a 30" iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Bryan Bowler, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    I admit that I don't think we'll see a 30" iMac anytime soon, but it sure would be nice! Do any of you think it's possible? Does anyone think we'll see one when the next round of updates come out?

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  2. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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  3. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    It would be massive - and what would you do with that gorgeous 30" screen when the computer needed replacement? Not for another couple years, at least!
     
  4. nickcliborne macrumors regular

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    One can dream. I would gladly drop the 3k for one of those.
     
  5. netdog macrumors 603

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    I'd hate to throw away that 30" just because my iMac was way past its prime
     
  6. wesleyh macrumors 6502

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    New imac with removable guts. Can remove everything but the screen and upgrade by buying a new "guts" (which has all components on it).

    Would be nice, won't happen :) Probably not even possible :)
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    We have no proofs about 30" iMac so I can't see it happening. Maybe in future...
     
  8. Styxie macrumors member

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    I think it's plausible. Back in the day when the 24" iMac was first released, 24" was insanely big, and pretty much as uncomman as 30" is nowadays. So if you think about it that way, it makes sense. As you crazy Americans always say, bigger is better =p
     
  9. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Only thing that I'm sceptic is price. Who wants to spend over 2500$ for iMac? You can get Mac Pro for same money.

    When 24" came it cost 1999$ and before that the high-end 20" cost 1699$. It's only 300$ difference between 20" and 24" but it's at least 500$ between 24" and 30"
     
  10. gianpan macrumors member

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    because.... human eyes have changed size??

    It's great to go from 30'' to 50'' when we are talking about a home cinema, watching movies and sitting on your couch. But let's face it when you are sitting on your desk a 30'' would be hard to use and a pain in the eyes....

    unless you have an extremely large desk :D
     
  11. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Eyedoctor isn't going to be happy if you tell him that you have 30" monitor and your nose is 5cm from it :D

    24" is fine, if you want bigger, buy 30" monitor and attach it to your iMac
     
  12. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    The Average User really doesn't need a 30" Screen, after all, the iMac is the Consumer Line, not the Professional Line.

    What you have described sounds very close to the xMac.
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    I'm wondering why more and more consumers have large televisions, then.
     
  14. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    for me, i would say 24" has to be the high water mac in the ever-increasing screen size. you sit too close to a 30" monitor and it'll make your head explode!
     
  15. arkitect macrumors 601

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    No, it won't. ;)
    I agree that a 30" iMac might be a monster, but 30" of screen is not too big.

    In fact, like an income you grow into it very quickly. :eek:
     
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    You can't get a Mac Pro with a 30" screen for $2500 though. :rolleyes:
     
  17. Hellhammer Moderator

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    TV is for entertaining, computers are more for work. Most of the middle-aged people use computers just for work so they don't need much from it and usually don't spend extra money for it. Eg. my parents use over 5 years old HP desktop everyday for work and it's fine for them and I've tried to tell my dad that they need a new computer, but no, it's good for 'em, suits for their needs. He likes TVs more. We have (I still live with my parents) 2 50" Pioneer TVs, 100" full HD Mitsubishi video projector, 3 32" Tvs and few less than 26" TVs. Those are not ridiculous. Televisions are so cheap nowadays. 50" Sony is less than 1000€.

    Okay, lets keep it on Macs now :D
     
  18. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I meant Mac Pro without screen :cool:
     
  19. OllyW Moderator

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    That isn't much use though is it? :D
     
  20. TrapOx macrumors 6502

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    Something about sitting 10 feet away from the TV screen vs 2 feet away from a computer monitor?

    Keep guessing TS! You'll get something right someday!
     
  21. Hellhammer Moderator

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    You can admire how it looks :D

    If I could choose between Mac Pro and 30" iMac, I would take Mac Pro and buy cheap Acer monitor for that. :cool:
     
  22. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    This would be helpful for those who need multiple windows open and viewable, and who would rather avoid using Spaces. I currently have a old 17" LCD attached to my iMac's second display port. The 17" is mainly for Safari, while iTunes/Garageband/Sound Studio is on the iMac's screen. It's a nice arrangement, and I have yet to activate Spaces.

    There is at least one caveat, however. I've played around a bit with the 24" iMac at my local Apple Store, and that's a lot of distance to cover with a mouse. I would be hard pressed to imagine moving across 30". Keyboard shortcuts would become a must.
     
  23. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    throw in a regular windows mouse and pawn off the mighty mouse on an unsuspecting family member, and you've solved your "lots of distance to cover" problem.
     
  24. kasakka macrumors 65816

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    It's not at all the same thing. The resolution on a 30" monitor is significantly higher than anything on TVs. I've got a 30" monitor and a 40" HDTV connected to my computer and I use the 30" for work and general use and the TV for games and movies because that's what works best on it.

    I think the problem with a 30" iMac would be that it would need a rather beefy stand to support it. 30" is also such a big size that just the placement might be problematic for some. A 24" is still manageable.

    In short a 30" iMac would be really expensive and there's not much demand for it. People will use any old crap for screens unfortunately.
     
  25. Bad Paper macrumors 6502

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    Came in here to say this. There's no market for this type of machine. Sure, maybe they would sell a couple thousand over the lifetime of the machine, but that's not enough to cover the development costs.
     

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