Since its introduction in 1998, the iMac has undergone several different designs. It started out as a clear CRT before moving, briefly, to a lamp-like design from 2002. Then it moved on to the chin-shaped photo frame look we’ve had since 2004.
The latter has evolved from white plastic to aluminum and has become clearer over the years, but not much has changed since 2007. So far, of course.
The new 24-inch iMacs bring color to the iMac for the first time since 2002. Seven colors are available: blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange and purple. In each case, the color on the back of the panel is darker than on the front.
Thus, in the case of purple, there is a dark purple on the back and a lavender tone on the front. We also see this color on the sides of the iMac, as well as on the mouse and keyboard, and even on the power cord.
There’s no doubt that the decision to buy one of these new iMacs will be a matter of taste: either you love the new design or you will hate it. I have to admit I’m a little dubious as much as I want to love the new iMacs, but I think Apple made some big mistakes with this design.
The colors are too pretty
It’s not that Apple hasn’t made colorful iMacs in the past, so we have to assume the company knows if there is a market for highly colorful computers.
However, instead of having one color for everyone, the color gamut Apple has gone for seems, I hate to say it, a bit feminine (I think I can tell as a woman). A colleague complained that the rear color had been replaced with a softer version on the front and complained that Apple had not used the same shade of red on the front of the pink Mac.
Others said they couldn’t wait to buy one of the colorful iMacs. Of course, there will be people who will like these color options, but I wonder if there will be a lot more who won’t buy a 24in iMac because Apple has limited the market for these new iMacs with these. pastel shades.
Or has the company realized that now that people were forced to work from home last year, they want a computer that matches their decor? Perhaps the best time for a nice piece of tech that camouflages itself and doesn’t scream from the roofs that it’s a computer like it did with the original iMac.
For those who don’t like the color options, they will still have the silver finish. We might see a darker color gamut when launching the larger screen iMac.
The white border is too showy
Either you’ll think the white frame along the edges gives a nice contrast to the “chin” at the bottom of the iMac’s display, or you’ll wish the new iMac had a black frame. We have to admit that we are in between the second.
It seems like a bit of a weird decision for Apple to go with white borders after discussing how great the Retina 4.5K display is for watching movies and editing photos.
In this context, it’s worth noting that the iPad Air and iPad Pro only come with black borders, while the iPad and iPad mini have the option of white borders. We don’t know what logic Apple followed.
The black border was probably necessary when Apple introduced the all-screen design for the iPad Pro and Air. But Apple may also have recognized that a black border works best on a device that you would use for viewing photos and watching movies.
Is there a way Apple thinks the type of person who uses the 24in iMac will work in apps with a white background like spreadsheets or word processors? This theory would be proven if, when Apple updates the larger iMac, it does so with black borders. We believe black borders are best for creative professionals. We really expect to see black edges on the 27in iMac successor.
If you don’t like the redesigned iMac, you can find a discount for the discontinued 21.5 “iMacs in our pick of the best Mac deals. Alternatively, the 27” iMac might suit you better. The old design, which you can see in this image, had black edges and a silver “chin” with a black Apple logo, speaking of …
The missing logo
The Apple logo that was once in the center of the so-called “chin” at the bottom of the screen is not present on the front of the 24-inch iMac. While the design is still recognizable as an iMac, the lack of the Apple logo can prevent people from recognizing that it is an iMac (and Mac users often want people to know that they are Mac users).
There is, at the very least, an Apple logo hidden on the back of the screen. Apple seems to think people will see your iMac from behind, but that’s only true in office lobbies, and certainly not many are open at the moment.
It’s not more ergonomic
I’ve been asking Apple to rethink the iMac for a long time. One of my main complaints about the design was that its screen was not very ergonomic.
I used to have my iMac at the desk perched on top of several books to put it at eye level, and I don’t think that’s unusual. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that Apple has done much to address this issue with the new iMac.
It’s not really 24 ”
What Apple has solved with the redesign of the new iMac is to have a larger screen in a similarly sized case. By reducing the bezels, the company was able to install a slightly larger screen.
Apple is making sure the new screen is 24 inches. Screen size is always measured diagonally in inches. I was very disappointed to learn that the so-called 24 inch screen is not 24 inch. The company admits in the footnotes that it measures 23.5 inches diagonally.
We might forget that if it wasn’t for the previous iMac being a 21.5 “diagonal and Apple didn’t call it the 22” iMac. I don’t understand why Apple is lying now and I feel cheated by Apple.
These are totally subjective points. I hope that the design of the new iMac ends up liking me and that the iMac does well in sales and shows that Apple knows what it is doing in terms of design now that Jony Ive is gone.
Original article published in igamesnews UK.