Why don't iMac have front ports?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tubeexperience, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Why don't iMac have front ports?

    Not everyone wants to hand-feel the back of the iMac so she can plug in a flash drive.
     
  2. AlexGraphicD macrumors regular

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    To look prettier I suppose. Personally I don't mind the ports being on the back its better aistheticaly although it is a bit of a hassle.
     
  3. redheeler macrumors 603

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    As frustrating as it is to turn the iMac around and reach back there, I wouldn't want all the ports on the front either. I had been thinking about setting up a USB extension cable as a single front-facing port, I should find it and do that.
     
  4. tubeexperience thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I never said I want all the ports in the front, but rather, in addition to the back.
     
  5. russofris macrumors regular

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    My Late 2012 iMac has two front accessible ports. I got them for free by changing my order from a wireless keyboard to a wired keyboard. I get a number pad too!
     
  6. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    Heck, id be happy with a few on the sides. The SD card slot in particular -- having that on the back is just idiotic.

    Wired keyboards solved this problem, but not as elegant a solution. I think Apple would prefer you to connect your temporary peripherals wirelessly and not use the ports at all.

    The only way to solve this is to add a hub, running the wires so it sits on your foot.
     
  7. NMSUballa macrumors regular

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    The Apple logo should be the power button as well.
     
  8. garirry macrumors 68000

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    I think it's just to look nicer. If the iMac had ports cluttered below the screen, it would just look ugly. Which is the same reason they did back-only ports on the Mac Mini and Mac Pro. Even if it is inconvenient, it looks better. Except the SD card, which should be on the side of the iMac, like it was when we had optical drives.
     
  9. maflynn, Jul 31, 2016
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    You should know by now, for Apple its the aesthetics, simple as that. People have been buying Macs (iMacs, MBPs, etc etc) because they are wonderfully designed and look awesome. Putting ports on the front is just plain ugly
     
  10. tubeexperience thread starter macrumors 68030

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    What other OEMs (Dell, HP, etc.) do with their all-in-ones is to put the ports on the side, but the iMac have wield curve design on the back.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. IngerMan macrumors 6502a

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    It is inconvenient thumbing around the back to stick in a USB stick. I ordered this below.


    ORICO 4 Port Aluminum HUB with 12V2.5A Power Adapter and 3.3Ft. USB3.0 Date Cable - Sliver(A3H4)




    image.jpeg
     
  12. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    You don't really buy Macs for the design aesthetic, do you? ;-)
     
  13. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    Because Apple values form over function.
     
  14. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    2011 has the SD RAM slot on the side just below the CD ROM drive. Maybe there isn't physical space internally on 2012+ imacs.
     
  15. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. That's what Apple should have done.
     
  16. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Agree.
    Here's another option. image.png
     
  17. bent christian Suspended

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    I use a gray 4" extension cable that hangs down the back for UBS drives.

    [​IMG]

    The SD slot on the back is dumb.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    That won't ever happen because Apple opted to make the iMac thin a few years ago, which still baffles me.
     
  19. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Agreed. As an DSLR shooter I use that slot a lot.
    Here's the one I actually use.
    image.jpeg

    By Anker.
     
  20. joema2 macrumors 65816

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    It would be ergonomically unsound and even dangerous. If you hold up one of these perpendicular to the front of our iMac you'll see what I mean: https://amzn.com/B00HR7FWUC

    It would stick out right above the mouse or track pad making it difficult to use and putting the thumb drive at risk of getting sheared off. Similarly the short cables from bus-powered USB portable drives would have to be looped back behind the case anyway otherwise the drives would lay on your mouse pad or track pad.

    The fact that rear USB ports are aesthetically pleasing is just extra. They simply wouldn't work well on the front given the current case design and distance from the work surface.
     
  21. blufrog macrumors member

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    Spend a few minutes feeling out the back of the computer with one hand whilst not looking. I soon got the hang of plugging drives etc.. in this way without looking. You just need to feel the slot carefully so you don't scratch the case with the plug.

    I don't buy Macs for the looks, but their hardware design is something to behold. Considering what they contain, both the iMac and Mac Pro are works of art (compare the basic components to that found in a similar spec PC and then look at how much space the PC components require to do the same job!).
     
  22. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, my iMac is MUCH more aesthetically pleasing with a cable running from the back of it into a USB hub that sits under it on my desk so I can actually plug things in and use it. Simply brilliant!
     
  23. Barnclos macrumors newbie

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    I find it mildly inconvenient, rummaging around behind the screen. The worst aspect, for me, is the 'grating' of metal connectors on the textured aluminium back. Its 10x worse than nails on a blackboard.
     
  24. maflynn Moderator

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    Why not use a powered USB hub so that it sits under the iMac and gives you he ports in the front you need?
     

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