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Old Dec 7, 2012, 09:51 AM   #1
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Apple Now Quoting 'January' Shipping Estimates for 27-Inch iMac




Shipping estimates for Apple's new 27-inch iMac models have been updated today to "January", marking the first time availability of the machines has been pushed back into 2013. Orders had previously been estimated at 3-4 weeks for shipping.

The new "January" estimate may or may not represent a lengthening of lead times given that the previous 3-4 week window was already pushing into January, but at the very least it seems that Apple is introducing some uncertainty into future availability by simply stating a one-month window for new orders rather than measuring estimates in weeks.

Supplies of the new iMac have been tight since the machine's launch one week ago, and were already expected to be constrained into 2013. The bottleneck for Apple is said to be the new production process on the machine's display, which is laminated directly to the cover glass. The process is more troublesome for larger screens, making supplies of the 27-inch iMac more scarce than those for its 21.5-inch sibling.

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Old Dec 7, 2012, 09:53 AM   #2
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 10:11 AM   #3
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Can't wait to own one! They're beautiful.
Agreed! Went out to local Best Buy and it is a splendid piece of design. Good job Sir Jonathan. I was surprised that it didn't feel hot anywhere after my toying with it for a spell and the fact the display model is always on, running that promo on its screen!

I wouldn't worry about missed holiday. The demand for these suckers is built in due to the fact that they are over 550 days from a true refresh model. I can't wait for the 27" model to arrive at my doorstep!

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Old Dec 7, 2012, 10:12 AM   #4
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Now the real question: when will they be available for shipping to Apple Stores?
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 01:31 PM   #5
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Now the real question: when will they be available for shipping to Apple Stores?
Exactly, that's way more convenient
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 09:54 AM   #6
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Oh ****. Missing the holiday season with these shenanigans... Should have sold the old model until they had some real inventory built and lines running for the new models.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 10:31 AM   #7
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Oh ****. Missing the holiday season with these shenanigans... Should have sold the old model until they had some real inventory built and lines running for the new models.
The 27 is more of a prosumer model so the holiday isn't as much of a concern. And this says nothing about when they will arrive in stores. This is only for the limited quantity online channel

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Assembled in the USA is already showing its ugly head, delay launch is step one, over budget will be next followed by quality control problems.
What launch delay? This has nothing to do with the launch in stores. Which we did not get a set date for. They could arrive Dec 31 and the 'in December' is still not a delay since that is when they said the units would START shipping, not when they promised everyone that wants one will get it.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 02:32 PM   #8
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Oh ****. Missing the holiday season with these shenanigans...
Because folks will only buy a $1899 iMac during the holidays. I don't think depending up Santa is the major factor in the 12 month window for iMac sales.

If anything the holiday are likely part of the problem. If the 21.5" iMacs were "ready to ship in quantity" the week of Thanksgiving in US Apple would have run into a lack of shipping slots due to everyone else stocking up for "Black Friday" weekend sales. Same issue with Christmas for the week of 17-24th in advance of Xmas. Extra shipping slots are likely very tight.

I would guess that either 1/4 (first Friday after) or 8th (first Tuesday after) for there to be a large empty shipping slots to fly. (**)

The dock workers strike in LA-Long Beach probably isn't helping either.


** P.S. the allocation for initial orders probably have disappeared by now.

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Old Dec 7, 2012, 02:46 PM   #9
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Come to think of it, the 27" is probably going to be lot harder to service, too. The videos out there showing how to "de-laminate" the screen/glass combo are all on a 24" model, which looks hard enough. It's going to be really hard to wrangle a 27" one. I'm always just a little worried about not being able to easily replace the hard drive in an iMac, and this new design isn't helping.
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Come to think of it, the 27" is probably going to be lot harder to service, too. The videos out there showing how to "de-laminate" the screen/glass combo are all on a 24" model, which looks hard enough.
They don't "de-laminate" the panel. The whole panel ( glass+lcd electronics ) is one piece. That now single component is double sided taped to the case.

They likely use double sided tape on the 27" model also.

The old models with the glass separate from the electronics had their own complexity issues.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 04:03 PM   #11
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Because folks will only buy a $1899 iMac during the holidays. I don't think depending up Santa is the major factor in the 12 month window for iMac .
Cant give you stats but Id say in a typical year they would ship more macs around the holiday season than any other month.

Very happy with the product. I think its the best iMac since those white LCD iMacs, absolutely loved those ones.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 04:48 PM   #12
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Cant give you stats but Id say in a typical year they would ship more macs around the holiday season than any other month.
More Macs doesn't mean more top end iMacs. The more sensitive holiday season iMac to get out the door is the 21.5" model.... which is out.

The major driver on increased holidays season quarter Mac sales is laptops. Their year-over-year increase tends to be higher. A higher fraction 27" iMac buys are made by businesses. They don't buy on Santa Claus cycles. (there is some 'year end tax write off but really for Holiday' sales but in larger scope of the whole year not a dominating factor. As a tax deduction it would be as useful in 2013 as 2012 ( if not more so if taxes go up).
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I tried to order mine on Friday, and realized my credit card had expired! I don't use it much. Waiting on my new one and will order asap, but it sucks that I missed my window that would have been likely delivery before 2013.
What kind of ****** credit card company doesn't send you a new one before the old one expires?

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Meh wanted to go for a new iMac, but this POS doesn't even deserve to be on the market, sacrificing functionality just to stop people upgrading their machines on their own, and to boast that the desktop computer that you never has to move, is now thinner and lighter. Big friggin' deal.

I'm going to hold out for the updated Cinema displays and run them off the rMBP instead.
That doesn't make sense. There's no difference in upgradeability in the 27" iMac. If you are going to hold out for a Cinema display and run it off your rMBP, then the design of the 27" iMac would be irrelevant, no?
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What kind of ****** credit card company doesn't send you a new one before the old one expires?
Some people have credit card numbers registered with some company, and when they try to pay for something the card doesn't get accepted because of the old number.
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JANUARY!

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In truth I am sad. I have been waiting patiently for months to replace my steam operated G5 tower from 2004. It is still doing everything it ever did, but most of the new software is out of my reach. As much as I like CS3 I am keen to update it, and - of course - there are the games.

The current MacPro is - to my mind - a dinosaur desperately hanging on and hoping no-one will notice its grey hair and wrinkles, and my requirements can be easily met by the new iMac i7/27. A possible update for the MacPro next year is just vapourware... about as reliable as delivery dates on iMacs.

Jobs was a one-off visionary and we will not see his like again. The current crop of captains steering the Apple ship are barely capable of keeping Apple afloat and we are seeing the beginnings of the decline and fall.

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Configured mine last night w/ all the bells/whistles minus the super SSD, and it it estimated the shipment to 7-11 Jan.

I guess they don't have an option to display "4-5 weeks"
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I tried to order mine on Friday, and realized my credit card had expired! I don't use it much. Waiting on my new one and will order asap, but it sucks that I missed my window that would have been likely delivery before 2013.
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I tried to order mine on Friday, and realized my credit card had expired! I don't use it much. Waiting on my new one and will order asap, but it sucks that I missed my window that would have been likely delivery before 2013.
Not necessarily. I ordered mine (with BTO upgrades) earlier on -- but not launch day -- and it has always listed Jan 2 - Jan 8 as expected delivery time. That's with it still saying "Available to ship: 3 - 4 weeks".

From the sounds of other posts here...

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I ordered mine on launch day and they are giving 21st December - 2nd January for delivery
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Configured mine last night w/ all the bells/whistles minus the super SSD, and it it estimated the shipment to 7-11 Jan.
... even launch day sales weren't guaranteed to arrive before the new year, and this latest change is only an extra one-week slip in schedule (or a two week slip from launch day sales).
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I tried to order mine on Friday, and realized my credit card had expired! I don't use it much. Waiting on my new one and will order asap, but it sucks that I missed my window that would have been likely delivery before 2013.
Oh
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how can we be sure it is the new iMac we are ordering when it looks exactly the same from the front!!

I can't imagine what an unpleasant surprise that can be...
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how can we be sure it is the new iMac we are ordering when it looks exactly the same from the front!!

I can't imagine what an unpleasant surprise that can be...
Really?
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