Continuing the discussion from The Mac's 40th Anniversary:
Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to have a Talk thread (pre-Discourse, I assume). But since I can’t see anything without opening my mouth, here are some comments:
In 2016, shouldn’t that be a 40th anniversary Apple II?
Which, come to think of it sounds like a really cool hobbyist project. Maybe take a Raspberry Pi and equip it with an Apple IIGS emulator, a 15" LCD screen and build it into a modern 3D printed enclosure. Bonus points if it can emulate a GS’s connectivity options like Ethernet (cards exist for this), external storage (emulate floppy, HDD and CD via disk images and/or USB devices)
But since it is now 2024 and a 40th anniversary Mac is a theoretical possibility, what do you think should be in it? To keep the discussion serious, suggest things that Apple might actually do, in a way that pays homage to the Mac’s legacy.
And since I’ve asked the question, here’s my answer:
Must be an all-in-one device. Including an internal power supply. A variation on the current iMac enclosure, but in some retro-Mac colors would be cool:
- Must have a 7-color Apple logo on it
- Maybe beige (boring, but Mac-standard until the iMac was invented)
- Maybe a color polycarbonate shell (homage to iMac G3 designs)
- Maybe with mirrored or burshed-aluminum surfaces (homage to PowerMac designs)
Must, of course, be offered in high-end configurations. Since this sytem won’t be cheap, it’s pointless to offer it in low-power configurations, since the public will (rightly) call it a waste of money.
To me this means it must be a choice of M3 Pro/Max/Ultra processor, along with the corresponding RAM and storage options.
A mechanical-switch keyboard that captures the look and feel of Apple’s best keyboard: the Apple Extended Keyboard II. Make this keyboard have the same weight/dimensions, but give it a modern USB/Bluetooth connection and the current layout (function and media keys).
I realize that the Alps keyswitches used in the 80’s are no longer made, but I guarantee that Apple could convince a keyswitch manufacturer (Cherry or Gateron, probably) to provide/design a modern switch with a similar feel.
I would buy that keyboard right now, if someone would make it.