Last Updated on July 14, 2021 by Macsoftbox
I wanted to like it, but there are too many things wrong with the new iMac design. Here are five of the reasons the new iMac has let me down.
Since it was introduced in 1998, the iMac has gone through several different designs. It started out as a clear CRT before transitioning, briefly, to a lamp-like design from 2002. Then it progressed to the chin-shaped picture frame look we’ve had since 2004.
The latter has evolved from white plastic to aluminum and has been thinning over the years, but it hasn’t changed much since 2007. So far, of course.
The new 24″ iMacs bring color back 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, we find a dark purple on the back and a lavender tone on the front. We see that color also on the sides of the iMac, as well as on the mouse and keyboard, and even on the power cord.
There is no doubt that the decision to buy one of these new iMacs will be a matter of taste: you either like the new design or you will hate it. I have to admit I’m a bit dubious as much as I want to like the new iMacs, but I think Apple has made big mistakes with this design.
The colors are too pretty
It’s not that Apple hasn’t made colored Macs in the past, so we have to assume that the company knows if there is a market for very colorful computers.
However, instead of having one color for everyone, the range of colors that Apple has opted for seems, I hate to say it, a bit feminine (I think I can say it as a woman). A colleague complained that the rear color was replaced by a softer version at the front, and complained that Apple had not used the same shade of red on the front of the pink Mac.
Others have said they can’t wait to buy one of the colorful iMacs. Sure, there will be people who like those color options, but I wonder if there will be many more who will not buy a 24” iMac because Apple has limited the market for these new iMacs with these pastel shades.
Or has the company realized that, now that people have been forced to work from home in the last year, they want a computer that matches their décor? Perhaps the best time for a nice piece of technology that camouflages itself and does not scream from the rooftops that it is a computer, as was the case with the original iMac.
For those who don’t like color options, they will always have a silver finish. We may see a darker color gamut when larger screen iMacs launch.
The white border is too showy
Either you will think that the white frame along the edges gives a nice contrast to the “chin” at the bottom of the iMac’s screen, or you wish the new iMac had a black frame. We have to admit that we are among the second.
It seems like a bit of an odd decision that Apple has opted for white borders after talking about how the Retina 4.5K display is ideal for watching movies and editing photos.
In this context, it is interesting to note that the iPad Air and iPad Pro only come with black borders, while the iPad and iPad mini do have the option of white borders. We do not know what logic Apple has followed.
The black border was likely necessary when Apple introduced the all-screen design of the iPad Pro and Air. But it could also be that Apple recognized that a black border worked better on a device that you may use to view photos and watch movies.
Is it possible that Apple believes that the type of person who will use the 24” iMac will work in apps with white backgrounds like spreadsheets or word processors? This theory would be proven if, when Apple updates the larger iMac, it does so with black borders. We think black borders are best for creative professionals. We really expect to see black edges on the successor to the 27” iMac.
If you don’t like the redesigned iMac, you can find a discount for discontinued 21.5″ iMacs in our selection of 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.
The absent logo
Not present on the front of the 24” iMac is the Apple logo that used to be in the center of the so-called “chin” at the bottom of the screen. Although the design is still recognizable as an iMac, the absence of the Apple logo may stop 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 that people will see your iMac from behind, but that’s only true at office lobbies and certainly not many are open right now.
It is no more ergonomic
I’ve long been asking Apple to redesign the iMac. One of my main complaints about the design was that its screen was not very ergonomic.
I used to have my iMac at the office perched on top of several books to raise it to eye level, and I don’t think that was unusual. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Apple has done much to fix this problem with the new iMac.
It’s not really 24”
What Apple has fixed with the redesign of the new iMac is to have a larger screen in a case of similar size. By reducing the bezels, the company has been able to fit a somewhat larger screen.
Apple ensures that the new screen is 24″. The size of a screen is always measured diagonally in inches. I was very disappointed to learn that the so-called 24″ screen is not 24″. The company admits in the footnotes that it is 23.5” measured diagonally.
We could overlook it if it weren’t for the fact that the previous iMac was 21.5″ diagonally 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’s doing in terms of design now that Jony Ive is gone.