It's days like this I wish I had a boatload of money to spend. I really like the new Cube, just for its looks, but I think it's too expensive. It doesn't have PCI slots, doesn't come with a monitor, but it's $300 more than an iMac DV Special Edition, which has a built-in screen! You're paying for the size and style. Having all the connectors on the underside of the computer is going to be a major pain, I think.
After a few more hours of thinking, the Cube feels like a black sheep. I don't know where it fits yet. It's not cheap, so it doens't appeal to people who want something like an iMac but not all-in-one. It's obviously not portable. And it's not as good as a G4, especially for that money, since it doesn't have PCI slots, and isn't dual-processor.
If you've figured out who the Cube is for, please share. I have a few ideas, but I'd rather hear yours before saying mine here.
I'm totally smitten with the new 17" CRT monitor though. I think it's the nicest monitor design yet. My favourite iMac colours, orange and purple, are gone. Bummer. There was NO word about the PowerBook or iBook today, from what I've gathered.
Remember the old Apple, that had many dozens of different models of Performa, PowerMacs, and PowerBooks? Well, now Apple makes 8 iMac models, 3 iBook models, 2 PowerBooks, 3 G4 towers, and 2 Cubes. Is Apple's falling into the same trap again, or is the new Apple is better able to handle that kind of lineup?