#1934 - 07/17/0108:19 AMRe: no imac flat-panel confirmed?
So we know nothing yet, but if Apple don't release a TFT iMac, it won't be the end of the world (though it may be the end of the nerds). It always strikes me that those who complain about the imac aren't really in the target market. Over and over again you get professional users (and semi pros) who want a cheapskate system they can run Photoshop and Quark on.<br>This is not the point. Most schools, in my experience, still prefer to have a 15" CRT. It's the cheaper option (just), and you can get more of them in a classroom. This is also true of a lot of home users. Why on earth would you want a hulking great 17" clogging up your living space, just so you can check email and browse?<br>True, a 15" TFT would give more screen space whilst using less living space, but as several posters above point out, a TFT iMac would cost too much. The education market needs, and demands, the cheapest possible unit, as do many home users.<br><br>The other point to note is that this industry needs to mature, big time, if it is to move beyond the current happy band of technie nerds, early adopters, design professionals and "artistes."<br>The guy who delivered my new car last week had never seen an iMac, and he was quite impressed. Apple have been trying to develop the first computing applicance, a product as mature as a TV or toaster, something people will buy without worrying whether it will do what they want it to do. Even speed bumps are unnecessary for an appliance. What you want is good design, rock-solid reliability (with software that checks for its own updates and installs them automatically), and a brand that makes people feel good about buying it. Forget the bleeding edge: the iMac is supposed to become so familiar and everyday that even the guy who delivers cars will go and buy one.<br><br><br><br>
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