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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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Apple Online Store Offering Refurbished Current-Generation 21" iMac, Shipping in 1-3 Days




Apple has added refurbished models of the current-generation 21.5" iMac to its Online Store in the past several days, offering a faster-shipping alternative to customers looking to get a desktop Mac.

New iMac models on the Apple Online Store list a lead time of several weeks to get delivered, while the refurbished models claim to ship in 1-3 days, with $200 and $230 discounts on the low- and high-end 21" models respectively.

Apple Retail Stores list mid-March as the earliest time to pick up new 21" iMacs ordered online, but Amazon.com claims to have both 21" models in stock [$1,299 and $1,494] and eligible for Amazon Prime shipping.

Ship times on the 21.5" iMac rose to 2-3 weeks back in January, and have not improved since then. Tim Cook mentioned on Apple's earnings call in January that the company would increase iMac supply this quarter, but may not get to supply/demand balance.

27" iMac models have yet to appear on the refurbished store, with the company reporting a 3-4 week lead time online and late March for in-store pickup. Amazon has the base 27" model in stock for $1,799.

Article Link: Apple Online Store Offering Refurbished Current-Generation 21" iMac, Shipping in 1-3 Days
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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i.e. All returns from users that bought them and realised 5400rpm drives are, nowadays, total crap.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:23 PM   #3
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:26 PM   #5
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There is a lot in the uk refurb store at the moment
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:29 PM   #6
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i.e. All returns from users that bought them and realised 5400rpm drives are, nowadays, total crap.
Obviously the jump from 5400rpm to SSD is huge but is the jump from 5400 to 7200 that big? I've always used a 5400rpm drive but maybe I've been missing out.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:32 PM   #7
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I was surprised they had a 21.5 Fusion drive offered yesterday .
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:32 PM   #8
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Obviously the jump from 5400rpm to SSD is huge but is the jump from 5400 to 7200 that big? I've always used a 5400rpm drive but maybe I've been missing out.
Depends on the drive, but for Apple not to be offering Fusion Drive from the get-go is a complete d*bag move whatever way you look at it.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:32 PM   #9
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Weld this!
Since they started welding things shut, I won't be buying another iMac.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:34 PM   #11
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Since they started welding things shut, I won't be buying another iMac.
But so are rMBP and Air's.
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But so are rMBP and Air's.
Incorrect.

You can easily get inside the air by removing the screws underneath, and the hard drive is easy to replace... I bought an upgrade from OWC.
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Obviously the jump from 5400rpm to SSD is huge but is the jump from 5400 to 7200 that big? I've always used a 5400rpm drive but maybe I've been missing out.
I switched up from a 5400 to a 7200 and didn't notice anything. If anything, my MBP got slower
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i.e. All returns from users that bought them and realised 5400rpm drives are, nowadays, total crap.
Wrong.

Returns from users who thought the thinness would make an impact on their lives.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:59 PM   #15
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i.e. All returns from users that bought them and realised 5400rpm drives are, nowadays, total crap.
Actually Apple's 5400 rpm drives run quite quickly. They're amongst the fastest in that category.
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i.e. All returns from users that bought them and realised 5400rpm drives are, nowadays, total crap.
I just love ridiculous posts like this. Gotta love MR for thinking they are Apple's only customers. . Did it ever occur to anyone here that the majority of Apple's customers, maybe, just maybe, are normal everyday people that aren't geeks, they don't give a rats butt about a 5400rpm drive or the GPU, or the SSD vs. the Fusion drive or the fact that screen is molded together? PUULLEESE! Get over yourselves. Maybe these people decided to upgrade to the 27". Oh yeah, that's a thought? . I'll bet more people that don't frequent here telling of all their returns/exchanges are getting work done on their iMacs.
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I just love ridiculous posts like this. Gotta love MR for thinking they are Apple's only customers. . Did it ever occur to anyone here that the majority of Apple's customers, maybe, just maybe, are normal everyday people that aren't geeks, they don't give a rats butt about a 5400rpm drive or the GPU, or the SSD vs. the Fusion drive or the fact that screen is molded together? PUULLEESE! Get over yourselves. Maybe these people decided to upgrade to the 27". Oh yeah, that's a thought? . I'll bet more people that don't frequent here telling of all their returns/exchanges are getting work done on their iMacs.
Maybe so, but I don't think It's right for Apple to forget It's pro or creative customers, we want the ability to make upgrades down the line. It would have been wise for Apple to consider both category of users.
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Maybe so, but I don't think It's right for Apple to forget It's pro or creative customers, we want the ability to make upgrades down the line. It would have been wise for Apple to consider both category of users.
I thought it was just announced that the update to the Mac Pro is on it's way?
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 05:23 PM   #19
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Maybe so, but I don't think It's right for Apple to forget It's pro or creative customers, we want the ability to make upgrades down the line. It would have been wise for Apple to consider both category of users.
Then buy a Mac Pro.

The iMac has never been user-upgradable. And tbh, anyone with a bit of common sense can open the current iMac - it's taped shut, not "welded".
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Maybe so, but I don't think It's right for Apple to forget It's pro or creative customers, we want the ability to make upgrades down the line. It would have been wise for Apple to consider both category of users.
I thought the iMac is geared more to the everyday to the more knowledgable everyday consumer and the Mac Pro is for the pro and creative customers ?
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There is a lot in the uk refurb store at the moment
errrr there aren't any 2012 iMac models in the UK refurb store.....
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The new iMacs are great!

You should use one before you try to criticize something that you have not used.
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Looked at the new beautifully thin iMacs for my next computer for photography work in Lightroom. But I don't like the fact they only go up to an i5. I think I've settled on the base model MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15" with 16GB of RAM. Very powerful laptop...I think I'd like to move away from a fixed desktop setup. I can always get a Cinema Display if I needed extra screen estate.
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errrr there aren't any 2012 iMac models in the UK refurb store.....
There isn't bugger all in the UK store as it stands atm.

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Looked at the new beautifully thin iMacs for my next computer for photography work in Lightroom. But I don't like the fact they only go up to an i5. I think I've settled on the base model MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15" with 16GB of RAM. Very powerful laptop...I think I'd like to move away from a fixed desktop setup. I can always get a Cinema Display if I needed extra screen estate.
You're essentially bettering the iMac by doing this anyway. I was going to get an iMac but opted for another MBP. I'll get an external monitor and a USB hub and it's a desktop when it needs to be.
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