The famous Apple Cube Power Mac G4 computer may be reborn soon.
When released in July 2000 Apple Cube was widely praised for it’s unique design but did not sell very well. There were a lot of problems with it – high price, limited upgradability, cracking cases, etc. After selling only 150 000 units Apple seemed to abandon the idea and suspended Cube production indefinitely after one year.
However, interest in Power Mac G4 Cube did not die. Third party vendors started experimenting with various upgrades and customers were pretty happy with the results.
And it seems that Apple too did not completely forget the Cube idea. Recent patent filing for “Ultra compact computer arrangement” shows that Apple is working on another Cube computer which solves many of the problems that plagued it’s predecessor.
New apple Cube should be easy to ugrade and expand. It will have two removable sides for the easy access and upgrade of components such as hard drive, memory and PC cards. Apple has designed innovative heat sink that can use separately inserted cooling fan, but can work without it in some cases. All of that packed in a nice compact cubic case.
This new Apple Cube design appears to a lot of the problems that affected the the previous machine and may be a great hit.
So where’s my Apple Cube II?
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