- Jul 31, 2012
- HD4600 / RX 570
- Mobile Phone
I think this photo (from the Maxtech channel) shows why they designed the stand this way. It maximizes your desktop space when the stand and monitor is as close to the wall as possible.Considering those are the famous stands with their silly price, don't they look utilitarian and boring? No Apple 'flair' there.
Stability is the second main reason. There's no way this monitor will ever have any wobble, for lack of a better word. It also has to be stable enough to make it easy to switch from landscape to portrait mode. I think that most people who buy one will mainly be looking at the display's 6K resolution with more than 20 million pixels. A P3 wide color gamut and true 10-bit color with over 1 billion colors is much more important than a stand that looks boring. You'll be looking at the display all day long, while the stand is only there to hold it up at your eye level. Do the aesthetics of the stand really matter ? TBH it's not all that different than the base of the iMac stand. It just doesn't have the nice curves and rounded edges. Those are what appeal to the eye. To make this stand the same wouldn't work for an XDR monitor that is 32" on the diagonal, large and heavy and rotates 90 degrees.
It goes with the new Mac Pro theme of function being more important than form. They learned from their 2013 Mac Pro mistakes and focused on utility rather than looks. It's kind of like the new Tesla Cybertruck. It looks terrible with all the straight lines and sharp angles but Elon Musk didn't make it just for "good looks" to appeal to Ford GM and Chevy truck owners. He did it because of a newly developed stainless steel alloy, the same metal that's used for SpaceX rockets. That Cybertruck design was the simplest and most efficient way to make a stainless steel "unibody" truck at the lowest possible production cost. If the base price for that truck was $59,000 instead of $39,000 they wouldn't sell well at all.
Now if Apple would only consider keeping costs as low as possible we wouldn't have to pay a grand for a monitor stand.