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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

more on the imac gee five

a few other thoughts after looking at this picture for a short while:

why isn't apple using their wireless mice and keyboards with this computer? the cables in the back seem to go completely against the aesthetic they're going for (that being, as far as i can see, a clean and uncluttered setup). using wireless components would be the perfect ways to reduce cable clutter to only the power cable.

does apple actually write the text on the wall of the booth? or do they use projectors from overhead? they could likely save some money by projecting onto a simple background rather than having a wall printed every time. if they project from a high enough angle, there would be no one in the way to break up the image too.

the comments i made earlier about the computer's lack of balance come into play when you look at the vertical ports on the back, right side of the unit. i think it looks pretty silly to have the cables all coming out of that side, not to mention weighted when you consider that there will be keyboard, ipod, mouse, external drive, network, printer, random usb, dv camcorder, etc. cables pouring out of that side. also, and i've not had my hands on it yet, so i can't really say for certain, but all of those cables would severely hinder the unit's ability to rotate on the y-axis. depending on the set up, the unit would lose a fair amount of it's rotating power (when i'm saying rotate, i'm referring to it's tipping forward - up and down, it just makes the computer sound wealthy to say tipping power).

i think the perfect way for apple to brand this package is to offer a wireless package with it that includes the basic computer, plus an airport extreme, wireless mouse and wireless keyboard. that would be a) very freeing by way of reducing cable clutter and b) help them move product.

ahh. just some more thoughts. time to recharge the ipod. did you know that HellaPod can hold a solid charge for 7+ hours of continual play so far with ~20% to go? course, i'm basing that on about 4 pixels so it might be off by a bit. :)

frank, chris j., your names aren't on the to-evolt "confirmed and coming" list. wtfudge is up with that?

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Blogger The King of Kerwood said...

I think they still do the wire thing because they playing up the iPod connections and that you need the connections to the iPod.

Did that make any sense?

September 1, 2004 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger moy said...

yah, sure it does. and i dig that the ipod needs a cord to connect (wait for wireless firewire!). but, why so the keyboard and mouse? seems a little odd to me?

even better, make one of the keyboard usb ports firewire. connect the ipod there instead?

September 1, 2004 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

moy,

All done! Signed up right now (12:08pm, Wednesday, September 1st)... See you at TOE VOLT, baby! ;)

As for the G5 iMac... I absolutely love it! Tempted to pick one up for my girlfriend.

September 1, 2004 at 12:09 PM  
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awesome frank! see you there. still working on that pixel icon mosaic for you. :)

September 1, 2004 at 12:16 PM  
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Now I'm excited... :)

Re: Mosaic: Sounds good... Looking forward to it.

By the way, I threw up the screenshot of the Breadcrumb navigation (re: my post)... Have a look.

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