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updated 08:55 am EDT, Wed September 1, 2004

iMac: \'Skin-deep\' beauty

Apple's new iMac G5 desktop is "easy on the eyes, but if you want sweeping innovation, or even adequate memory, it falls short," according to BusinessWeek's Alex Salkever: "However, the new . NPD analyst Steven Baker cut to the chase by pointing out that it's a slick and well-executed compendium of existing design ideas. 'If you are a Mac person or are looking for some kind of cutting-edge product, you are not getting that,' says Baker. 'You are getting a basic product with elements that we have seen in lots of other products.' Baker believes the new iMacs are aimed at Windows users who have been wowed by iPods and are now contemplating entering the Mac kingdom."

by MacNN Staff




  1. Nitride

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Okay since the iMac is nothing special I expect to see DELL or GateMachines make a PeeCee that fits entirely into a flat panel display with built-in WiFi-G, BlueTooth, speakers, DVD-R/W, FireWire and SATA disks and is 2" or less thick. And with no external power brick. And costs less than $1500 *without* any instant rebates.

    BTW, I won't be holding my breath.

  1. You_EEEeeediot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    IBM Netvista X-series

    This was done 3 years ago, I should know since we still have some in use. If DVD-R/W was available back then it would have had it, and they have two (yes 2) cPCI slots for expansion. Mind you the cost was about $2100.00 per unit, but think about how expensive LCD technology was 3 years ago.

    Apple has not produced something "revolutionary" in the new iMAC, and I would see no reason to upgrade our G4 iMACs... which IMHO are much better looking systems.

    Now, if Apple would only bring back the G4 cube and throw a G5 into it... THAT would sell!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Now, if Apple would only bring back the G4 cube and throw a G5 into it... THAT would sell!

    Well, it would sell, assuming Apple didn't over-price the thing. If they followed the cube's example, they'd throw a G5 in there and then charge $2000+ for it.

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    target audience

    "the new iMacs are aimed at Windows users who have been wowed by iPods and are now contemplating entering the Mac kingdom."

    Duh. Where'd he make that assumption, could it be possibly from the fact that Apple is advertising it "From the makers of iPod"? Look, the design of the iMac G4 may have been more appealing, but the new iMac has shown that for the average PC user, design means squat. They want power, and the new iMac to a degree delivers, without being overly designed and beautiful.

    I still can't understand why they only have 256MB RAM and a nVidia 5200 in the top end 20" model though. All that model would need is 512MB standard and a Radeon 9600 128MB, and it would sell like hotcakes. Then again, it would probably sell TOO well, outpacing the low-end G5 towers. And if anyone hasn't noticed, Apple is no longer selling a sub $1000 or ADC equiped monitor.

  1. purpleshorts

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I read the article. The main gripe is that the iMac G5 doesn't include 1 gigabyte of RAM, which the author says is the norm these days. This lack of RAM is later translated as a lack of "sweeping innovation." [Insert broom remark here.]

    Upon reflection, I, too, thought that my iMac should have more RAM, and include the bluetooth and airport cards. So I just configured it that way at the Apple store. Now, I may not have the most sweepingly innovative Mac on the planet, but I've got a virus-safe, iApp running, modern OS, wonderful machine for a very good price.

  1. Cadaver

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What do they want?

    What kind of amazing new technology do these tech reporters want? I mean, really, what's new in home computing these days?
    They want more memory? Just add it for crying out loud. Its got twice the HD space of most entry and mid-level Dells & Gateways (which usually are outfitted with a 40GB 5200 RPM HD). Built-in speakers, optical digital audio out for connection to a 5.1 surround system (show me a basic entry Gateway with that).
    Honestly... they say that the new iMac isn't revolutionary enough. OK... what should it have??? I just can't see what the iMac is missing.

  1. Alexei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sell too well?

    The machine is great, but yeah, the RAM and the video card...
    And no expansion...
    Upgrade it and if it sells too well, then upgrade your Pro line. Why hobble something with potential just to help your weaker sibling when you can upgrade that as well for no money at all? Is it going to kill Apple to have Radeon 9600 128Mb and 512 Mb RAM? I don’t think so. Sometimes you gotta sacrifice your fat 30% margin for just as fat 25% in order to stay alive.

    My 2 cents.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969



    When I read that I thought to myself, "WHAT, Isn't 2GB of RAM enough?"

    Stupid people. I think they suffer from the inability to compliment something without somehow putting it down. Maybe they're afraid of another reporter claiming something they didn't. Sad.

    BTW, who made that all in one system? Gateway? Give me a break. That sure was a successful campaign wasn't it? Talk about ugly big and slow all rolled up into one.

    Now if you want to talk about the first flat panel all in one, you go back to the special 2000 Mac. It was a flat panel all in one Mac. It was really expensive, then came down in price later (much to the displeasure of every addict that bought it for $10,000). But I will have to add, Apple still did it first!

  1. 3dAnimation

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Price / Performance ROCKS

    Hmm..... 64 bit processor / Serial ATA HD / Optical Audio Out for 5.1 / AND a beautiful 17" LCD for $1299?!

    Yeah, I'd like to see a PeeCee do that.
    Even if it came close - YOUR STILL RUNNING WINDOWS!


  1. Talleyman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    PC switchers only?

    I am a Mac user since my good old SE30 and I am now torn between $2300 for a G5 tower (w/ no monitor) and a $2100 20" iMac w/G5 and not much (read no) expansion.

    My family would love this computer...and I could get rid of my really crappy CRT forever!

    BTW...If the average person can't afford your monitors that match your towers, perhaps that hurts your tower sales. My 2 cents.


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