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Old Nov 14, 2012, 03:58 PM   #1
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Rumor: iMacs delayed to 2013

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http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/...ayed-into-2013
After Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed last month that there would be a "significant shortage" of the newly redesigned iMac, a report on Wednesday claims manufacturing difficulties may push back the all-in-one's launch date into next year.

Citing a "commercial source," French language blog MacBidouilleclaims that production of Apple's new iMac models may not be ready for sales ahead of the lucrative holiday shopping season, speculating that the company's advanced welding process is to blame.

During Apple's quarterly earnings conference call, which was held shortly after the new iMac's debut, Cook said that there would be a "significant shortage" of the all-in-one, but declined to offer details on the matter.

The totally redesigned iMac was unveiled in October and features an advanced assembly technique called friction-stir welding, which uses high heat and pressure to "intermix the molecules of the two aluminum surfaces" to create a seamless joint. In order to achieve maximum thinness, the iMac's optical drive was removed, a design decision that has slimmed down other Apple products like the MacBook Air and the latest MacBook Pros with Retina display.

Adding to the already high difficulty of manufacture is the iMac's screen lamination process, which eliminates the 2mm air gap between the display and front glass seen in legacy models. In August, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the process is more involved with the 27-inch model and would cause supply constraints for the initial batch of machines.

Currently, the Online store shows a November availability for the 21.5-inch iMac, which is to be followed by the 27-inch model in December.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:01 PM   #2
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:01 PM   #3
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Grimm news indeed.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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its almost like steve jobs died... this company is unrecognizable these days
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:05 PM   #5
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Doesn't surprise me in the least if true. I'm sure they have every factory running full out making iPhones and iPads for the holidays.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:06 PM   #6
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:08 PM   #7
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I'm enjoying my mid 2011 iMac. I'll purchase this one at the end of 2013 with Haswellonce everything is ironed out. Clearly problems with these iMacs even if they still come out on time.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 06:59 PM   #8
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I'm enjoying my mid 2011 iMac. I'll purchase this one at the end of 2013 with Haswellonce everything is ironed out. Clearly problems with these iMacs even if they still come out on time.
How, after the whole 2012 iMac fiasco, can you even begin to expect there to be Haswell iMacs in a year? I'm sure you're happy with your 2011 model, but with that logic, you'll end up like so many of us waiting for a machine that is perpetually unreleased.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:08 PM   #9
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Can't buy the new one.
Can't buy the old one.

This isn't good.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 07:13 PM   #10
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Can't buy the new one.
Can't buy the old one.

This isn't good.
This is the strangest fact. How could Apple stay without any iMac old or new on sale until January/February?

I DON'T want to believe.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 07:16 AM   #11
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Can't buy the new one.
Can't buy the old one.

This isn't good.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:10 PM   #12
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My 2006 24in iMac is BEGGING to be replaced. This has been a brutal wait.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:18 PM   #13
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My 2006 24in iMac is BEGGING to be replaced. This has been a brutal wait.
VERY simple: it's time for Cook to STOP being a CEO and re-take his COO position...he has no vision, just execution skills.

Without him SPECIFICALLY devoted to that task, the wonderful supply chain advantage carved by Apple is gonna go down really fast.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 07:31 PM   #14
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My 2006 24in iMac is BEGGING to be replaced. This has been a brutal wait.
At least yours is Intel-based so you get some support for it. My G4 from 2005 is crashing on various websites, including simple ones like Yahoo News and CBS News, while others tell me to upgrade to a newer Flash Player version which requires OS 10.6, but of course I can't upgrade past 10.4 because my machine is PowerPC-based. Ugh!!! And I can't even get the old 2011 model because the "geniuses" waited for the entire supply to run out before announcing the new model (as if having both overlap for a few weeks to let shoppers compare and get a small clearance discount on the old model would kill them).

On the other hand my Pentium III with Windows 2000 is still working fine. I want to go all-Mac but they're pushing me away!

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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:33 PM   #15
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its almost like steve jobs died... this company is unrecognizable these days
Yeah, nothing ever shipped late when Steve was around
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:53 PM   #16
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Cook would be out on the golf course taking a call where Steve would be bashing heads together. Apple have dropped the ball on this one.

I heard that when a deadline need to be met Steve Jobs would make everybody do late nights until release if need be. Apple is no longer that company. If it was not for Steve there would be no kids on those apple one's, instead they would still be using pens and paper.

Think of how many man hours these delays are causing now, all because Tim Cook is on the golf course
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:15 PM   #17
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Cook would be out on the golf course taking a call where Steve would be bashing heads together
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Think of how many man hours these delays are causing now, all because Tim Cook is on the golf course
Do you have this other Tim Cook in mind, who says "Favorite interest is golf"?

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Old Nov 14, 2012, 05:00 PM   #18
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This is the way the iMac ends,
this is the way the iMac ends.
This is the way the iMac ends,
not with a whimper, but a BANG!

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Old Nov 14, 2012, 05:03 PM   #19
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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Maybe I'll just keep the refurb one that's in the mail that I'm thinking about returning, then. I want to declare it on this year's taxes, and if the new computer isn't going to be out until next year, I don't think the discount I'm expecting ($50-100 off) will be worth the wait.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 05:15 PM   #20
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Really sad news, but I believe it's true.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 05:47 PM   #21
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Guys, there's a reason why you should let MacRumors filter the stories for you. If you jump all over every fool thing someone posts on the internet, you're going to get yourself tied in knots.

Here's what I see in this story:
  • A "commercial source", which to me sounds like a 3rd party retailer and therefore not the most reliable source, thinks there might be a delay
  • The French blog speculates that because a delay is claimed to exist and the announced dates were November and December, it's possible that the new date sends us past the holidays
  • AppleInsider then jumps into the worst case and posts the sensationalized 2013 headline

I find it far more likely that either the retailer themselves are speculating, or that they were originally expecting Nov 13 and now it's Nov 27.

I'm waiting patiently in any case, but I caution people to avoid jumping to every possible doom & gloom conclusion.
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I'm waiting patiently in any case, but I caution people to avoid jumping to every possible doom & gloom conclusion.
As always, I agree with you. This is still just a rumor. Cooler heads will prevail.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 05:53 PM   #23
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So with money in hand ready to buy an iMac, I can neither buy the current iMac nor the newly announced iMac?

Well played Apple...well played (sarcastic slow clapping in the background).
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 05:59 PM   #24
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Guys, there's a reason why you should let MacRumors filter the stories for you. If you jump all over every fool thing someone posts on the internet, you're going to get yourself tied in knots.

Here's what I see in this story:
  • A "commercial source", which to me sounds like a 3rd party retailer and therefore not the most reliable source, thinks there might be a delay
  • The French blog speculates that because a delay is claimed to exist and the announced dates were November and December, it's possible that the new date sends us past the holidays
  • AppleInsider then jumps into the worst case and posts the sensationalized 2013 headline

I find it far more likely that either the retailer themselves are speculating, or that they were originally expecting Nov 13 and now it's Nov 27.

I'm waiting patiently in any case, but I caution people to avoid jumping to every possible doom & gloom conclusion.
I agree with you and plus its not even the end of November yet! Now if today were the 30th, then yes, something would be up! Hell, we don't even have iTunes 11 yet!!
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 05:58 PM   #25
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Told you.. new iMac sucks
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