“Has apple got a deal for you – a brilliant, 17-inch LCD flat-panel display for $1,299, with a powerful desktop computer thrown in free. But the real bonus is that the computer itself does not take up any desk space. Zero. Zip,” Peter Lewis writes for Fortune. “With its new family of iMac G5 computers – there’s a fancier 17-inch model for $1,499 and a 20-inch model for $1,899 – Apple has defined the shape and style of desktop computing for the next few years. Combining a widescreen display and a full-function computer in a sleek package that’s just two inches thick, the iMacs are the first true all-in-one flat-panel computers.”
Lewis writes, “Other PC companies have tried to create flat-panel computers, but their designs invariably involved bolting a computer to the back of an LCD display, where it hangs like a goiter. Apple’s triumph in both technology and design is that it incorporated the computer inside the body of the display, refusing to compromise either the performance of the computer or the elegant lines of the form.”
“I’ve shifted most of my work to the Macintosh, in part because of my appreciation for the Mac system’s stability and ease of use, but in larger part because I’m sick of downloading Microsoft security patches and worrying every minute about viruses and worms and other threats aimed at Microsoft’s Windows infrastructure. But when I need to work with Windows files, the iMac’s G5 processor is strong enough to run a program called Virtual PC for Mac ($129 to $249, depending on the version), which tricks the Mac into thinking it’s a Windows machine. A cruel trick, for sure, but it works in a pinch,” Lewis writes.
“Despite its relatively small share of the computing market, Apple continues to lead the PC industry in design and technology. Its attention to detail is fastidious, from the way the cooling fans draw air through the narrow system while remaining nearly silent, to the use of a single power cord without a power brick, to the way the iMac refuses to wobble, despite its single foot, when the screen angle is adjusted,” Lewis writes.
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