I've been holding off on getting a new PC for a while, and this may be the machine that gets me to move over to a mac. I've already got a nice monitor, so the fact that it is headless is not a concern to me.
I will be very happy if this is a decently performing sub $500 machine, because I will buy two of them and keep my PC around to use the hardware that I alredy have for it.
If I can add stuff to this machine (I've already got a DVD+RW, for example) I'll be even happier. Actually, as long as it has firewire and USB 2.0 I'll be happy.
Please be true!
Willful ignorance of science is not commendable. Refusing to learn the difference between a credible source and a shill is criminally stupid.
I sure hope it looks better than the latest IMac. I like the minimalist Ipod style but it just didn't click with with me this time (especially after the cool pod/lcd combo of the previous one.) But if they go once again with the white rectangle look, I think it would be perfect for a "headless system" or maybe even a Media Center IMac. If Apple can't win the office, then it might have a better shot at the living room...
But the most important question remains? Would I buy one? At that price it's very tempting. I always wanted to play around with the ILife suite or have an excuse to get Final Cut Pro (though the system might be a little weak for that out of the box). We shall see...
You'd buy a $500 computer for a $1000 piece of software?
The greatest thing about this is it could actually happen. The specs are pretty consistent with the $799 eMac, and Apple has always overpriced monitors. Dropping $200 off for the CRT in the eMac, Apple might could shave off another $100 on the price if they intend to mass-market like they do the iPod. And if they do, my wife may go back to the Mac for that price.
As for FCP, I bought a copy of Final Cut Express for $99 with my 17" Powerbook. It's a 1.33GHz G4 w/ 512MB RAM, and it runs it just fine, so FCP should do well on this machine if the specs keep up.
And the rumored specs are 1.25 GHz G4, 256MB RAM, 40-80GB HDD, CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, airport extreme ready (i.e. slot is present, but no card), and firewire/usb2 ports. Now if only Apple could get a Aqua-native port of OpenOffice to run on this . . .
I haven't tried the X11 version in awhile. The last time I tried it was one of the first 1.0 versions, and Apple's X11 implementation wasn't all that great (tho it did work). Hey, I needed something to do this afternoon, looks like I found it
http://www.wheels.org/spacewar/stone/rolling_stone.html A nice peek into the beginnings of the "modern" computer age ... especially if you had no idea that we have the internet and video game consoles thanks to damn dirty hippies.