Saturday, December 2, 2023

From the vault: how about a curved iMac with a Surround Sound system?

In a 2015 from a previous website I owned/operated, I noted that Samsung has announced the ATIV One 7 Curved (pictured), the first curved all-in-one computer. At the time, I said I’d love to see this idea incorporated into an iMac. And since the all-in-one will almost certainly be redesigned this year, now seems like a good time to revisit the idea.

Samsung has this to say about the curved design of the US$1,299 Samsung ATIV One 7: It offers a “unique entertainment perspective and realistically immersive gaming experience. “Ot draws users in and brings details to life on the Full HD panel, while the 4000R curvature makes the screen feel even larger than its already ample 27-inches,” the company claims. 

While I think curved TVs are a gimmick, a curved screen on a desktop computer makes more sense. The upsides of such a screen (such as immersion and less glare) are more obvious when you’re sitting right up against it instead of looking at it from six feet away on your couch.

I’m not the only one who thinks a curved iMac could be a good idea. In a 2013 Cult of Mac post — which was written before the 5K Retina display iMac debuted— Mike Elgan predicted Apple will use flexible-glass touch displays for, well, everything, including a curved screen Mac. 

Here was his idea: “How do you improve the iMac? It’s sleek, elegant, thin, brilliant and beautiful. Sure, you can later up the processor, memory and storage capacity. But how do you make it jaw-droppingly better? You triple the screen size. But how?

“If you’ve got a 27-inch iMac, you know that the screen is already a little too big in one respect: If you want to look at something onscreen near one side, then the other, you need to lean from one side to the other and crane your neck to see it. Otherwise, you’re looking at the screen at an angle. Desktop monitors like the 27-inch iMac are pushing the limits of straight-on visibility.

“By using flexible display technology, I believe Apple will build wrap-around iMacs that could be about 30 inches high and four or five feet across, curving around in a semi circle so that the middle is about the same distance from your face as the edges.”

But, wait, that’s not all. The Samsung ATIV One 7 Curved came with two dynamic 10W stereo speakers, a surround sound experience with Dolby Sound Effects, and lossless audio transmission through APT-X technology. The speakers on the current iMac are nice, but could be improved. 

I’m a die-hard iMac user. So 27 (or 30) inches of curved display would be enticing for me. How about you?

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.