As a Mac tech what I want is for Apple to not make it any thinner and even to consider making it thicker for the sake of better cooling and longevity. The current design is a nightmare to work on. The iMac G5 had it right in that it opened from the back and left enough space for good airflow. All the x86 iMacs require the LCD be removed to work on anything inside which is an epic fail IMO as a tech.
The iMac is a model for aesthetics over practicality. It's earned a spot next to the Cube in that regard.
Current design is way better than the last one...8 screws and your in as opposed the last....had all those screws on the face, then 8 more on LCD? Huge pain in the butt
I agree the current is easier to disassemble than the white intel was but the iMac G5 is almost as easy to open as a PowerMac or Mac Pro. Loosen 3 retaining screws on the bottom and you're in. This is the take apart design they should have carried into the intel era.
Anyone will need access to things like the HD or Airport etc. far more often than the LCD so you shouldn't have to go through it to get to everything else.
The laptop will see the introduction of the “Mac Retina Display,” which is said to have a very high resolution. ABC News has similarly heard from its own sources that both the next MacBook Pro and the iMac would be getting very, very high resolution displays. Apple refreshed its new iPad with a Retina Display in March.
David Barnard has argued that Apple could still use the pixel doubling motif on larger Mac displays without necessarily having to quadruple the number of actual pixels if users would be willing to accept a smaller workspace than seen on current machines. In one example, Barnard describes how rather than moving the current 2560x1440 27-inch iMac all the way to 5120x2880, Apple could instead offer a display at 3840x2400 that would present itself with a Retina workspace of 1920x1200.
Apple could build a 3840 by 2400 pixel 27-inch screen that presented itself as a pixel doubled 1920 by 1200 pixel display. That’s effectively an 84ppi screen @1X and 168ppi screen @2X. [...]
What you should notice is that the text and UI elements are physically smaller on the current 109ppi iMac than they’d be on the hypothetical 84/168ppi 27-inch iMac. This may be frustrating to some users, but I actually prefer my old 94ppi 24-inch Cinema Display to any of Apple's higher PPI displays. I like that the system default 12pt text is larger. The sacrifice is in the usable workspace, and that’s a matter of taste.
5120x2880 is something I can't see happening. What the hell kind of crazy video card will they need to push those pixels. And if you hook a similarly equipped "retina" 27" Thunderbolt display to it?? 10240x5760. Yikes!
Besides, I don't want the UI elements getting any smaller. I'm sure they can work on pixel doubling like the "new" iPad's doubling of resolution but keeping UI the same size. They better. The UI elements on the 11" MacBook Air are already too small, IMHO.
Steve Jobs re: iTunes on Windows: "It's like giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell"