“That loud crashing sound you heard on Monday was the sound of thousands of Mac users smashing their piggy banks needed to pre-order Apple Computer Inc.’s new Power Mac G5 towers,” writes David Zeiler for The Baltimore Sun. “Confirming weeks of increasingly frenzied rumors on Mac Web sites, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs delivered the news during his keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Jobs declared the top-of-the-line model, sporting two IBM-made G5 processors running at 2 gigahertz, ‘the world’s fastest personal computer.'”
Zeiler writes, “The Power Mac G5 is a totally redesigned tower with an internal architecture crafted to take maximum advantage of the new chip’s power. While the casual Mac user may wonder what the fuss is about, the new G5 Power Mac is the machine for which pro users (as well as home users with a penchant for power) have waited for more than a year. And almost every advance in technology introduced in Apple’s pro lines eventually migrates to its consumer lines.”
“The arrival of the G5s, to start shipping on Sept. 2, should reverse the declining sales trend Apple’s pro desktop line has experienced in recent quarters. Even with the general economy still struggling, demand for these new Macs should be strong,” writes Zeiler.
Zeiler fails to appreciate the minimalist design (perfect in every way, we say) of the Power Mac G5’s case, writing, “The Power Mac G5 tower’s only negative is its case, which lacks the grace and beauty typical of Apple hardware. Some already have dubbed the machine the “cheese grater” after the aluminum screen grille on the front face. The squarish aluminum case looks more like a high-tech miniature refrigerator than a computer, and in some ways it is. No less than nine fans cool the innards of the machine, with the internal case divided into four separate cooling zones. Apparently, heat dissipation took priority in the design of the G5. So it may not win any design awards, but for the pro crowd clamoring for speed, speed — and still more speed, the Power Mac G5 delivers.”
MacDailyNews Take: The Power Mac G5’s case is perhaps Apple’s greatest triumph ever in industrial design. And those who give design awards will prove Zeiler totally wrong. The Power Mac G5 will win every design award for which it is considered.