Seattle Times writer:  ‘Apple has done it again’ with iMac G5

“The new machine features a minimalist, all-in-one design that resembles (not coincidentally) a large iPod. After the keynote ended around 3:30 a.m., I viewed Apple’s newly posted pictures ( [url=][/url] ), found the iMac G5 to be fairly attractive but not dynamic, and went to bed,” Jeff Carlson writes for The Seattle Times.

“In recent years, this has been my reaction to most of Apple’s new machines: They’re clean and cool, but not always awe-inspiring – at first. But the next morning, as I looked closer at the iMac’s photos and specifications, and read reports from people at the expo, it was clear that Apple has done it again: Instead of simply building a box of circuits and ports, it has designed a piece of art that you want to use and keep near you,” Carlson writes. “The iMac G5 features a number of details, large and small, that prove Apple cares not only about the way in which the machine is used, but also about the person who uses it.”

Carlson writes, “Surprisingly, the iMac G5 is one of Apple’s most internally accessible machines. The back of the case comes off to reveal its innards, nearly all of which are user-replaceable. A set of four diagnostic LEDs also help troubleshoot hardware problems if they arise. You may still want an expert to perform things such as replacing the hard drive, screen, or logic board, but if you’re more mechanically inclined, you’ll be able to do these things without sending the computer off to Apple.”

Carlson writes, “The iMac is only 1.8 inches or 2.2 inches deep, depending on the screen size you choose, which is the same width as some older laptops. With the addition of a VESA mounting kit, available next month, you can remove the stand and mount the iMac on a wall.”

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  1. Funny, that was exactly the same as my reaction. At first I was like the flat panel was more innovative and better but the more I look into and look AT the new G5 iMac (especially when you consider it with a Vesa Mount on a mechanical arm and a blue tooth keyboard and mouse) and it REALLY IS INCREDIBLE.

  2. I will wait for, at least, until a faster bus (800-900 MHz) and improved graphics (ATI Radeon 9600 XT with 126 MB SDRAM) are made available. Hopefully, these options will be offered when Tiger is available in 2005.

  3. Someone please tell me what good it is to have easily replaceable innards when Apple refuses to sell consumers parts? I didn’t believe it myself at first but if you want any internal Apple part, it has to be installed by an Apple technician with all applicable extra costs. Does anyone know why they have such an asinine policy?

  4. I suspect most of us noticed the typo. Hey, who of us has never made a typo? I do at least one per message, not that I’m particularly proud of it. MDN does an excellent job so lets give them some slack. But I know you’re just pulling their leg. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. “…Someone please tell me what good it is to have easily replaceable innards when Apple refuses to sell consumers parts?……”

    AVI….. It must be noted here, that Apple does sell some parts… but there are plenty of 3rd party distributors out there, (Other World Computing comes to mind) which has taken up the slack.. Plus, you can find just about anything you need on ebay, too !!

    And as far as doing the work yourself, …you can, ya kno, and save the installation fees… all because ever since Gil Amelio made the beige boxes… all macs…(with the exception of the “gumdrop” iMacs.. have been fairly easy to work on….

    All you have to do is, just open the case, and everything is accessable for you …

    The new G5 iMac is no different in this respect…

    You really need to learn how to “Think Different”…
    and find out why the entire computer industry looks to Apple for real innovation !

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