Needless to say, some people were quite annoyed by the latest design of the Apple M1 iMac. It’s worth noting that YouTuber MKBHD found it downright ugly, mentioning that it was certainly thin … but those white frames, that massive chin and the lack of a black version made the iMac look too chirpy and playful. For a computer capable of incredible weightlifting, it didn’t look very good. Designer Virgile Arlaud decided to take this feedback and create his own iMac concept. Arlaud’s iMac Pro M1 concept addresses every single sore point MKBHD has had with Apple’s original design
Instead of focusing on a radical overhaul, Arlaud’s iMac Pro M1 concept adopts the classic design of the iMac Pro and gives it minor but significant visual improvements. The all-in-one concept computer enjoys the crowd’s favorite wedge-shaped profile with a slightly extended back. However, it absolutely gets rid of the frames and chin in front, offering a magnificent endless end-to-end display that is an absolute pleasure to watch. Of course, the M1 may be the focus of this computer, but this screen is the icing on the cake. If the M1 works behind the scenes to provide you with a great computing experience, this 100% front screen enhances it, surrounding the user in Apple’s amazing, unsurpassed UX.
This design direction obviously has some major pros, along with a few small but unavoidable cons. First, the lack of a frame does not give the iMac Pro M1 space for a webcam, which played a very important role in Apple’s own iMac. The webcam uses 1080p video and uses the M1’s processing power to run ISP algorithms for amazing video. It could be argued that having a webcam is a rather trivial feature in the workhorse, which is the iMac, and that an iPhone running in person would make a pretty decent replacement. One will not make a mistake.
The lack of a chin also means that the iMac Pro M1 concept would lose this array of speakers found in the original 2021 iMac. loss of sound quality and clarity. With that in mind, there are quite a few innovations that allow the screen to act as a speaker … so while the Arlaud concept doesn’t actually illustrate where a speaker should sit, I’d like to believe that this concept has that feature.
What’s really nice about this iMac Pro M1 concept is that you need a “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” approach to the overall design of your computer. There really is no need for the computer to be 11 mm thick all in one (we don’t carry it in our pockets), so the slightly bulbous back and the seamless wedge-shaped design really feel like a nice design that I don’t need major repairs. He even sticks to his original inspiration – the design of Dieter Rams’ LE1 speakers for Braun! The M1 chip is located somewhere in the curved back of the iMac Pro, along with cooling vents, USB-C power and a whole range of ports on the back, including two USB-C and two Thunderbolt ports, a card reader and the old favorite 3.5 mm jack. Let’s not forget that slippery tube-shaped stand, which is definitely another hat of the iconic Braun LE1 speaker!
Designer: Virgile Arlaud