About two weeks ago, I posted some first impressions about the iMac's new look, paying particular attention to how the G5 iMac differed from its swivel-headed predecessor. As I said back then:
One of the things I liked about the last incarnation of the G4 iMac was its adjustability. If you wanted to move the flat-screen monitor up-and-down or side-to-side, all you had to do was adjust it with the touch of a finger...
The new G5 iMac certainly offers up-and-down flexibility -- it tilts from 25 degrees to -5 degrees, according to Apple's Web site. But there doesn't seem to be a way to move the screen from side to side, short of shifting the entire base. At any rate, I'm eager to get my hands on a new iMac specifically to see just how adjustable the display is.
I still haven't gotten my hands on a new iMac, but I have gotten an answer to my question, courtesy of Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of hardware marketing, and the interview he gave to my Macworld colleague, Jonathan Seff. Comparing the adjustability of the G5 iMac to its predecessor, Joswiak said:
We still have the ability to swivel left and right, but [the iMac] does it on the entire base; we didn't need to create an arm to do that. There are little skids on the bottom -- this achieves much of the same things [as the G4 iMac] in a different way and, we think, in a better way.
So that's one minor concern of mine that's been alleviated. I'm more eager than ever to take this desktop for a spin -- or a swivel, as the case may be.