“Apple Computer plans to serve up a new iMac model with a larger flat-panel display during next week’s Macworld Expo trade show, according to sources. The upgrade to a 17-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) comes as sales have all but stalled on existing 15-inch flat-panel iMacs.” Read the report at ZDNews.Our Take: Let’s hope that the new 17″ LCD will
a) be able to do 1280×1024
b) feature an LCD with better quality than the really bad one the current 15″ iMac has.
A few months ago, Apple made a big deal about their “upgrade” of the iBooks with a 14.1 TFT LCD, additionally to the 12.1″ one, but the resolution stayed the same: 1024×768. Which is something that is (possibly) valuable only to people who can’t see very well (however the quality of the LCDs for iBooks and PowerBooks is already very good, in contrast to the ones used for the iMacs), plus, it does not offer a single benefit to the rest of the users (in fact, it makes the iBook bigger, heavier and it requires more power). Therefore, I hope this time they do it right and they upgrade the resolution as well as the screen size.