“Apple always has been known for its forward-thinking computer design, and the 20-inch iMac may be the most striking example yet of computer as style statement. The 20-inch iMac is a sci-fi preview of what a computer will be in the decades ahead — at least on the surface. The actual CPU is another story,’ James Maguire writes for NewsFactor Network.
“A single, cool-white pod forms its base, and an adjustable chrome arm tilts the monitor in any direction. The design is all simplicity, no appendages and no rectangular box like the computers of yesteryear. The thing looks like it may respond to voice commands, or perhaps mental telepathy,” Maguire writes. “The 20-inch’s CPU is powered by a 1.25 GHz G4, which at this point is last year’s processor . The iMac is not available with this year’s G5 chip.”
“Given that the 20-inch sets you back about US$2,100 and change, that’s a weakness. For a few hundred dollars less, you can get a PowerMac with a G5, with a much longer shelf life than the G4. Granted, after buying a monitor (smaller than 20-inch) and a mouse, you’d still spend around $2,100 or more for an entry-level G5,” Maguire writes. “But with the 20-inch, Apple is pricing what is essentially a backward-looking CPU at a forward-looking price. Not that the 20-inch is a slouch. The 1.25 GHz is the fastest of the G4 chips and should keep pace for the next few years.”
“This machine is a victory of form over substance, of wide-screen real estate over actual performance,” Maguire writes. “Whatever its limitations, it looks great on your desk.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If the 1.25 GHz G4 chip in the iMac “should keep pace for the next few years,” according to Maguire, then how can that be a “limitation” given that the average Wintel PC purchased today would be hard pressed to do the same?