Monday, 14 January 2002 : "computer hardware"A couple of tasty bits via Slashdot:
Interview with Jonathan Ive, the guy most responsible for the iMac design: The shape of things to come [Independent.co.uk]
Initially, Ive and his hand-picked team tried simply sticking the guts of the computer into the space behind the flat screen. But hard discs, CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs run slower when vertical than when horizontal. The processor-heat output demanded a fan, which would be noisy and, in a "flat PC", perhaps just inches from your face. And the screen would lose its mobility: no tilt and swivel for that one-piece.Ah, but the cords out the back and the apple logo centered in the front give it back a 'preferred' position (though not as strongly as a rectangle base would, I suppose).
Display Guide: A Comparison of 13 LCD Monitors [Tom's Hardware]
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