June 07, 2007

This Is How They'll Get My Money

Slowly over the past few months I've been thinking about getting a new computer. Currently I own a G3 iBook and a G4 Flat-Panel (or, "Lamp-Shade") iMac. I use the iMac as my in-room television, and manage my music and photo libraries on it; and my iBook is used for browsing, working on my blog, chatting, etc. I don't think either of them are nearing the end of their complete usefulness, but there are some things that are bothersome. For instance, my iBook can't install the newest iLife package, and my iMac is WAY too loud. Hard drive space is okay for the time being, as I have an external drive where my "expensive" iPhoto library resides, and I have an either larger backup drive that I backup the three other hard drives (internal and external) to.

So why do I need to upgrade? Well, I think I need more power. I bought both of these around 2002, and four years is a long gap in computer-time. I know I won't be able to install Apple's upcoming OS (Leopard) on my iBook, and it may not even run well on my iMac. I'd also like to be able to manage my media libraries from a larger internal drive and use the externals for backups, and the 30gigs on my iBook and 80gigs on my iMac just don't cut it.

So, do I go out and buy a top of the line MacPro and a pair of 30" Cinema Displays? Of course not. I 'm not doing THAT well, financially. But I've been hearing rumors of Apple releasing an updated (and re-outfitted) iMac that will have a brushed anodized aluminum chassis, much like that found on their fantastic Cinema Displays - and the new Santa Rosa Intel chipsets. Sure, that may not be at all true, but Apple, if you want my money, here's what I want (that you don't already offer):

- An updated Intel Santa Rosa chipset-outfitted iMac with:
- Brushed Anodized aluminum chassis that maintains the frontal visual "footprint" of the existing Cinema Displays (so I can have a fancy-looking dual-monitor extended desktop setup while maintaining a clean visual line)... maybe something like this:

aluminum.jpg
Mockup taken from here

That's it! Not a tall offer. For this upgrade, I'd be willing to not only spend money on the iMac itself, but I'd also buy a shiny-new 23" Cinema Display, and a cable so I can hookup my Cinema Display, and maybe even Final Cut Pro, eventually. That's a lot of money. Money that I'm not ready to spend right now with the current offering. Sure, the current Intel iMacs look neat and all, with the glassy white surfaces, but that extra space below the monitor isn't appealing, and it doesn't look "natural" when matched with the Cinema Display. You're so close to getting into my wallet, Apple. Make me happy soon!


posted by julie at June 7, 2007 08:34 PM

things people have said

what a disappointment!

so said: erik at June 11, 2007 05:17 PM



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