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The new iMac has it all. A G5 Processor and a stunning design. It is fascinating to look back at the evolution of the iMac design. The first, now famous, Bondi Blue iMac with its futuristic all-in-one design. Next the cube-like-base with a unique swivel arm holding a beautiful flat screen display. Now the display has become the computer, held by an elegant stand that also functions as an arm. Notice a trend? Everything revolves around the display.
The new iMac is a perfect machine for someone who wants it all, a computer and a display. But a lot of us have old monitors around and, believe it or not, are not obsessed with the clever integration of CPU and flat screen. For too long now Apple has not provided consumers with a computer without a display. For someone who wants to surf the web, check email, and organize his or her photos a G5 desktop is overkill. And for that same person who could be switching from a PC they probably just want a CPU to plug their current monitor into. Paying a premium for a flat-screen monitor with the CPU (albeit cleverly) integrated into a flat screen is money wasted.
I don’t mean to put a damper on the wonderful new iMac which, on screen anyway, looks like a winner. But Apple needs to look far back to the tradition of the Performa line. They were great machines that offered a slightly stripped down version of their more powerful cousins. And they didn’t come with a monitor.
Would you like a low-end Mac CPU with no monitor or is the iMac perfect as is?