How Apple’s new iMac G5 keeps its cool

“One of Apple Computer’s biggest challenges with the latest iMac was making sure the machine was cool,’ Ina Fried writes for CNET News. “Not hip–that’s a requirement for all of Apple’s products. This iMac needed to find a way to stay cool, as in ‘won’t melt the desk.'”

Fried looks at iMac G5’s design, cooling, and notes, “Placing the power button in the back, for example, is a good thing because it encourages users to keep the machine in sleep mode rather than turning the device off.”

Full article here.

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17 Comments

  1. Cool picture of the inside of the new iMac G5, even if it is C|NET… not sure what to make of this comment, though…

    “It’s sort of the Jay Leno of computers, but otherwise it’s beautiful.”

  2. Cool picture of the inside of the new iMac G5, even if it is C|NET… not sure what to make of this comment, though…

    “It’s sort of the Jay Leno of computers, but otherwise it’s beautiful.”

  3. Funny, when I press the power button on my mac, it goes to sleep. So how does putting the power button on the back make people want to put it to sleep more instead of turning it off? a normal shutdown is done through the os anyway, not the hardware.

  4. Crazy man,

    That’s because the pulsating light seems too bright for some people to leave it in the night. They go to various lengths to cover that light, so they put it behind, so people can just put it to sleep without having to worry about the light (although it would still reflect off the walls). Well, I may be wrong!

  5. the power switch is on the back so that people are encouraged to put it to sleep…

    … so they don’t have to reach around to the back to turn it back on

    Putting the machine to sleep is just as easy as turning it off. Waking it from sleep simply requires a key press on the keyboard or a squiggle of the mouse. As oppposed to reaching around the back and pushing the button to turn it on (and then waiting for startup).

  6. Funny, when I press the power button on my mac, it goes to sleep.

    Pressing the power button makes the computer goes to sleep. Pressing and holding the power button shut down the computer. Most likely, though, people use Apple menu or keyboard shortcuts to shutdown or restart the computer or put it to sleep.

    Hardware shutdown is useful if there is a major problem with the OS and the computer is not responsive. It’s better than pulling a plug. Mac OS X is really good, but it’s not perfect and bad things do happen, even if rarely. I myself have had to use the power button to shut down.

  7. IT guy: that light too strong thing only happen to people hugging their laptop at night. Only a small percentage.
    I re-boot only for updates and – if possible – avoid stuff that ask for rebooting: either they are not good or affect the kernel, in both cases they – for the most – are off my Mac.

  8. A summer intern with us bought an eMac before going away to college last summer. This summer I asked him how long he left it on at a time. He said he shut it down every night because of the light on the front. Some people try to cover it, others just shut off their computer at night.

  9. Some people only could find sleep in the darkest environment.
    Even an insignificant source of light in darkness is VERY visible hence disturbing to them.

    If you go to sleep in a twilight environment (opened shades and city light, small night stand lights, etc) then light sources as the ones on Mac computers becomes essentially a non-factor.

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