There are only three materials known to man that when products are made of said material, those products are automatically infused with cool. These are carbon fiber, titanium and brushed aluminum. Unfortunately, making computer products out of carbon fiber would be absurdly expensive and and probably rather heated and titanium isn’t cheap either. Brushed aluminum, however, always seems to make things look classy and stylish.
Apple are no strangers to brushed aluminum. The G5 towers were made of it and still amongst the best looking computer cases ever. Now they’re bringing that sort of design to the popular iMac. The current iMac isn’t ugly by any means (remember those stupid fruit colored ones?) but hey, all that white gets to you after awhile (especially when parts of it turn yellow). That’s probably why current iPods (apart from the Video) feature anodized brushed aluminum.
This picture (from 9to5Mac.com) is just a Photoshop job and not what the actual product looks like but even if it is, that’s desperately good looking. Very few Apple products these days are ugly so I can’t wait to see what the new iMac looks like when it’s announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference next week.