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VastDeathmaster
05-19-2006, 01:22 AM
Does anyone have an idea what the Mactel desktop machine will look like? I never liked the IBM squarish brushed metal computers.

I always liked the B&W G3s, but never had the money to buy one. Now as the years go by and the prices go down, I can actually consider it. It'd be great if Apple went back to that design. If for nothing else, I'll buy a dead one, gut it, and replace the parts.

I know the whole Mactel thing is rather new, but I would think there would be rumors by now on such a desktop.

dohidied
05-19-2006, 01:58 AM
well, most of the intel replacements have looked nearly identical to their ppc counterparts, so i would bet the intel tower will look like a g5 powermac.

TBoblp
05-19-2006, 05:20 AM
well, most of the intel replacements have looked nearly identical to their ppc counterparts, so i would bet the intel tower will look like a g5 powermac.

That's what I keep thinking. Aside from the laptops which are technically new models, the imac and mini have stayed the same. I do, however, have a feeling that Apple may have something up it's sleeve for the final computer to make the intel switch. We all know why we check the apple site every single day :cool:

BlindingLights
05-20-2006, 04:46 PM
Does anyone have an idea what the Mactel desktop machine will look like? I never liked the IBM squarish brushed metal computers.

I always liked the B&W G3s, but never had the money to buy one. Now as the years go by and the prices go down, I can actually consider it. It'd be great if Apple went back to that design. If for nothing else, I'll buy a dead one, gut it, and replace the parts.

I know the whole Mactel thing is rather new, but I would think there would be rumors by now on such a desktop.

Already a desktop- iMac? Mac Mini?

relax, i know what you're saying, but so far everything's looked the same, expect the Intel PowerMac to look like the G5, unless they completely renovate the PowerMac like they did G4-G5, that would be cool too, return of the G4 look...

kaidomac
05-20-2006, 05:47 PM
It'd be hot if it was in a black G5 case...

mr g5
05-20-2006, 08:00 PM
I personaly hope they keep the same metal look, but one of the main reasons for the g5 to be metal is because of the heat issues. I think they will go back to plastic because intels run pretty cool :(

VastDeathmaster
05-20-2006, 10:43 PM
Apple has always been about design rather than 'because of heat'. When I said Desktop, I should have been clearer by saying Tower Case.

It wasn't so much the brushed metal, but the shape. It is all rectangular and utilitarian.

BlindingLights
05-20-2006, 11:22 PM
yeah, it looks very clean, almost like it belongs in a prison cell...

a black PowerMac would be cool...

and although apple has been about design, look at how they integrate cooling into their systems- take the iMac for example, they have a slot in the bottom for cool air to come in and a slot on the top to let out hot air, and no one ever really notices...

Ex_PC_Puke
05-21-2006, 02:10 PM
First I've heard anything about a new desktop from Apple - I've been busy -- but as an ex-PC designer I can tell you there is one reason all PCs look 99% the same and thats all about using mass produced standard parts ----- with the exception of the plastics (shape and color) all PCs are 99% the same (MB shape-cooling solution-fans-DVD drives-power supplies)

Thats why PCs are so cheap to build and one reason they cost less than Macs ..... now if Jobs is really serious about expanding Apples market share - he needs a sub $500 desktop to offer the public -- actual price point should be $400 for a "real" system (512MB + mid-range Gfx on board + an AGP slot).

With some clever design tactics I bet Apple could build a decent looking system based on standard (low cost) PC parts.

Don't forget 2 things:

For some folks price is everything

Every Apple sold is one less PC (XP) sold

bfx
05-21-2006, 02:37 PM
Don't care that much - within reason - what they look like.

But they better be faster than the Quad on the top end with a good speed bump that filters down to lower level models as well.

I buy systems to run heavy duty apps as fast as possible - not because they look pretty.

And I hope at least the mid to upper end models have true 64 bit support.

No reason Apple can't have 32 and 64 bit OS's.

bfx

baggss
05-21-2006, 02:42 PM
Supposedly Leopard will be 64 Bit through and through, obviously retaining it's 34 bit backward compatibility. BUT, if Apple chooses a 32 bit chip for the PM replacement, then the 64 bit dream may go by the wayside. Rumor has it that Apple will likely use the Intel "Mermon" (sp?) processor in the new PM and then that may trickle down to the lower end systems. As always with Apple, you never really know until it is announced...

mr g5
05-21-2006, 09:47 PM
First I've heard anything about a new desktop from Apple - I've been busy -- but as an ex-PC designer I can tell you there is one reason all PCs look 99% the same and thats all about using mass produced standard parts ----- with the exception of the plastics (shape and color) all PCs are 99% the same (MB shape-cooling solution-fans-DVD drives-power supplies)

Thats why PCs are so cheap to build and one reason they cost less than Macs ..... now if Jobs is really serious about expanding Apples market share - he needs a sub $500 desktop to offer the public -- actual price point should be $400 for a "real" system (512MB + mid-range Gfx on board + an AGP slot).

With some clever design tactics I bet Apple could build a decent looking system based on standard (low cost) PC parts.

Don't forget 2 things:

For some folks price is everything

Every Apple sold is one less PC (XP) sold

with the use of intel processors the cost to make one should be cheaper, but the question is will that cheaper price make it down to the consumers.

Apple should have two desktops, the powermacs for high end, and something else that is slower, worse graphics and slower ram. The powermacs besides the price seem pc switcher friendly because you can open them up and upgrade/fix them

cjay
05-21-2006, 10:58 PM
Not black please, the silver metal design is a standout. Silver for pro line notebooks & desktops.

VastDeathmaster
05-21-2006, 11:42 PM
yeah, it looks very clean, almost like it belongs in a prison cell...

a black PowerMac would be cool...


Well, I guess you can't satisfy minimalists; make a basic box and paint it black. :D

tenbellys
05-22-2006, 05:08 AM
intel last week announced some new cpu's which ship in july, 1 sec ill get the link

ahh here we go http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/05/08/intel_core_2_brand/

they will be known as Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Duo extreme. someone said on here they feel november time for them. for me i see these chips appearing in a new macpowerthingy with a set of these in.

im probably wrong but the times here are pretty slick.

but in other news intel are finally going to stop making the 486!

VastDeathmaster
05-23-2006, 01:06 AM
but in other news intel are finally going to stop making the 486!

Well, I guess NASA's space programs are finally upgrading their hardware!

Maybe NASA's just going to Playstations or Xbox's. :D

baggss
05-23-2006, 01:21 AM
intel last week announced some new cpu's which ship in july, 1 sec ill get the link

ahh here we go http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/05/08/intel_core_2_brand/

they will be known as Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Duo extreme. someone said on here they feel november time for them. for me i see these chips appearing in a new macpowerthingy with a set of these in.

im probably wrong but the times here are pretty slick.

but in other news intel are finally going to stop making the 486!

There's anther thread around here that talks about how these chips don't have the ability to to be used in Multi Chip systems, such a replacement for the Quad. Apparently these are really intended to be laptop processors and not desktop workhorses as one would expect to find in the PM line.

Seems like everyone is thinking Mermon may be what shows up in the PM follow on.

tenbellys
05-23-2006, 02:39 AM
yeh ive just seen that, bit of a bummer. i wonder what there planning then. I have a xeon server at where I work and it cost us and arm and 4 legs. its quad cpu (2 logical) and ive never been a great fan of its peformance. yeh it does the job but its never been blisteringly quick. maybe because its never run max os ? :spook:

DCraver
05-23-2006, 01:41 PM
They might do it how they did it with the MBs. A normal, brushed one (or perhaps white) and maybe a black one for a crazy amount of money added.

D3v1L80Y
05-23-2006, 02:24 PM
Not black please, the silver metal design is a standout. Silver for pro line notebooks & desktops.
I concur

MacMania55
05-29-2006, 11:51 AM
I think the entire idea of charging extra money for a different color case is such a bad idea. If apple is trying to bring in new customers the last thing they need is for people to see they charge tons of money for a black case!

MPW
05-29-2006, 05:52 PM
Seems like everyone is thinking Mermon may be what shows up in the PM follow on.

Why would Apple use a laptop CPU like Mermon in a Pro Desktop?

I think Kensfield will be intels first Quad chip and that is supposed to come out in January 2007.

baggss
05-29-2006, 07:03 PM
Read the other thread and find out...

MPW
05-30-2006, 07:19 PM
What other thread? I canít seem to find it.

sharpie05
06-05-2006, 11:40 PM
a white powermac(excuse me, Mac Pro)? that would be sexy... so glossy...

I think they should put a couple of these babies in there...

http://www.chiefvalue.com/product/productdetails.aspx?item=19-116-248

coach_z
06-06-2006, 12:39 AM
one word: CHROME!!!!

i want a chromed powermac case, that would be the bomb!