Think that apple should make a CRT based iMac again?

CRT based iMac?


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redheeler

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CRTs are a thing of the past. Today's LCDs have surpassed them in almost every area, and 120 Hz + OLED displays will eventually give us the higher refresh rates + black blacks which are the only remaining advantages of CRTs.

Plus, CRTs are just too big and heavy at the sizes of today's iMacs. My Power Mac G4 is set up with a period-correct 21" Apple Studio Display CRT and it happens to be one of the biggest / heaviest Apple products ever made. I could barely fit that thing on my desk, let alone a 27" version of it.
 

DeltaMac

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Even if you wanted a new CRT Mac - I don't think there are any companies (in the world) that still make any kind of CRT.

High voltage danger?
Danger from damage/drops? (implosion is exciting, but not if you are close.
Oh, and the hazardous coatings on the inside of those CRTs... another reason that manufacturing would not likely be feasible with CRTs of any size now.

"pretty" does not necessarily translate to "practical" or even, reasonable cost.
 
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mmomega

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You definitely definitely purchase an old G3 iMac, replace the monitor with a flat panel and the internal computer with a mac mini if you want macOS or even a Raspberry Pi 4.

While we are at it.

Give me a redo on the iMac G4.
 

LorenK

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My immediate reaction was OMG, is this person crazy? But then thinking about it, the idea is not dependent on the CRT, which would be irresponsible given the phosphorous coating on the screen, but really the form factor, so a flat screen LCD or LED or OLED fits easily in that space and the processing elements go in behind, no big deal, it's just a retro look with state of the art innerds. One of those pictured was just this idea. I'm thinking that there are enough kids born after they were first introduced that Apple could probably sell quite a few.
 
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jerwin

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who makes CRTs anymore? Is the manufacturing process environmentally responsible? Is it truly worth trying to develop a manufacturing process that is?
 

m0nkeyb0y

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I remember seeing a 20" CRT in, oh, 1999, and thinking what a HUGE screen size (and monitor!) Now I have 32" 4k and 24 1080P monitors floating over my desk, and combined, they don't weigh or take up the space of that 20" CRT.
No thanks.
 

tyc0746

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We used to use Large Eizo CRT monitors for DTP work...billions of colours and 2560x1600 resolution before HD was a thing.

Carting one around across the world on projects, along with the Quadra 840av computer, took 2 of us and a trolley.

A couple of years later we were told we were being given a new LCD monitors - all at a wonderful 15” and 1024x768 resolution.

It took a fair while for LCD/LED to catch up to the professional CRTs, and the Sony/Eizo monitors were still preferred for a long time.
 

Ledgem

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They also put out a ton of heat. I remember my cat used to love to jump atop the monitor and then nap there; I'd have to occasionally move her tail aside when it would drift in front of the screen.

I'm all for nostalgia, but I don't think there's much favorable nostalgia for those displays. Modern displays are far superior. If you really want, I'm sure you can find a digital effects filter that induces scan lines, fuzziness, and that glassy distortion to make you feel as if you're sitting on front of one.
 

theluggage

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I am wondering how many people think that apple should make a CRT based iMac like these
...sure, if that's what it takes to get our USB-A ports back :) (Joke - I do actually know the iMac still has USB-A).

...but, no, good riddance to the CRT - sometimes progress really is progress - but if you want a revival, how about the LCD-screened iMac: G4: https://www.macworld.com/article/1167686/the-exceptional-imac-g4-ten-years-later.html

Only problem is that we know that today a cantilever monitor arm like that would cost at least $999 in modern money.