Now that I’ve seen the new iMac in the flesh, I feel that the new iMac is even more sexier than the photos portray.
The 15″ LCD is truly comparable to a 17″ CRT and thus providing enough screen real estate for most users. The picture quality is incredabily bright and sharp and the display can easily be read at almost a ninety degree angle (see the last couple of images below). The sheer flexibility of the screen arm allows you to position the monitor at virtually any angle and height. You can also swing it around 90 degrees left and right (giving 180 degrees turning).
The base is a little larger than I expected, but still very sleek and elegant – It would sit well on any desk. The port arrangement on the rear is quite accessible and it is easy to determine what the vast majority of ports are by touch alone.
People with declining eye sight will appreciate the new keyboard with its’ white keys and black letters. The Snow mouse feels the same in my palm but seems to be more responsive – I’m not sure if that was a setting in the mouse preferences or the higher optical scan rate making a difference.
I think the new iMac will be a winner for Apple as it packs an incredible amount of power in to a sleek design
Images as a QuickTime Movie
A QuickTime movie of the images is also available.
New iMac ads by Pixar
This week, Apple released two new iMac ads. The ads were created by Pixar Animations Studios(who bought us Toy Story, Monster’s Inc and the Luxo Jr)
The ads were available in three resolutions (even with a slow dial-up, I would watch the Large 480×360 version). The first one went for 15 seconds while the second was 30 seconds long.
Farewell to Athena.
The day we visited Apple and saw the new iMac was also the last day for Athena who was the Office Administrator in the Melbourne office. After been with Apple Computer, Australia for 13 years, Athena has decided to “retire” to spend more time with her children – aged 8 and 4.
Athena has often assisted AUSOM in organising the behind the scenes arrangements for many of our Main Presentations, IT Expo and Special Events. Her recognition of voices over the phone and recollection of peoples names is incredible, particularly when you consider she may have only dealt with some people once or twice a year.
AUSOM would like to thank Athena for all her assistance and wish her well in her “retirement.”
Thank you to Luke Oliver of Apple Computer, Australia, for taking time out from his busy schedule and providing us with the opportunity to see the new iMac.
Images taken by Matt Irwin Photography and are © February 2002 Matt Irwin Photography.
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