“For six years, iMacs have set the standard for the PC industry with eye-popping designs, clever utilization of space and leaps forward in usability. Lately, though, Apple Computer Inc. seems to be making more waves with iPod music players than its venerable consumer PCs,” Matthew Fordahl writes for The Associated Press. “But fear not, Apple fans and design aficionados. The iMac line whose debut machine looked like a giant egg, and that later morphed into something resembling a table lamp, now has a third generation. It looks sort of like an oversized iPod.”
Fordahl writes, “The iMac G5 is Apple’s most streamlined and polished design yet, squeezing all the innards into a white plastic flat-panel display. It distances Apple even further from the bulk of Windows-based PC world, where variations of gray, beige and black are all too common. Still, style alone does not a great computer make. Though Apple uses its most capable processor ever, it skimps on memory and other extras. Out of the box, a new iMac is an incomplete masterpiece. You can finish the job, but it’s going to cost you.”
Fordahl writes, “Only after it’s fully accessorized – and unsightly cords have been replaced by wireless connections – does the iMac G5 fulfill its promise of an uncluttered, zippy 21st century computer object d’art. And it’s something to behold.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Fordahl obviously can’t find anything wrong with the new iMac as he criticizes the “paltry” amount of RAM (256MB) Apple ships standard, the need to buy a wireless keyboard and mouse if you want those options, and the need to buy an Airport card if you want that option. “Options” is the operative word here, because that’s why Apple ships the iMac the way it does. Why charge everybody for options that some buyers might not want? People who want a wireless keyboard, mouse, and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity have the options to do so, while those who do not won’t have to pay for them. The RAM issue is meaningless because it is one of the few perks Apple throws to their resellers. Apple resellers want to help land sales by offering “free” extra RAM (with an installation price, of course) with the purchase of a new iMac G5. We half expected Fordahl to criticize Apple for not including the articulated arm and VESA mount for the new iMac G5, so he could “totally complete the masterpiece” by hanging his new iMac from the wall or clamp it to his desk. Sometimes writers, in misplaced attempts to appear “balanced,” try too hard, nitpick, and invent “negatives” that aren’t really there.
For the record, MacDailyNews believes that Apple should ship the new iMac G5 with 512MB base RAM, but where would that leave Apple resellers? It’s a Catch-22 that Apple and the resellers will have to work out pretty soon.