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Old Jan 10, 2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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Yields of 27-Inch iMac Displays Expected to Improve Next Month




Apple's 27-inch iMac continues to be in short supply, with Apple quoting 3-4 week shipping estimates for new online orders, compared to shorter but still substantial 7-10 day estimates for the smaller 21.5-inch models. Even before launch, the new iMac was projected to be in short supply into 2013, due in large part to issues with Apple's new display assembly process that includes laminating the display directly to the machine's cover glass.

Digitimes now reports that the display lamination issue is still a problem for Apple supplier LG Display, with the larger 27-inch panels seeing lower yields than the 21.5 inch displays.
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LG Display has reportedly been facing full lamination issues while producing the panels, slowing down shipments of the 27-inch device to 100,000 units a month, added the sources.

LG Display, however, has secured strong yields for Apple's new 21.5-inch model, which currently has reached monthly shipments of 300,000-400,000 units, noted the sources.
The report does claim, however, that LG is moving toward better yields of the larger displays, with greater availability set to come next month. The improved yields should reduce what appears to be the main bottleneck in iMac production, thus leading to greater availability and shorter shipping estimates for new orders.

Apple's redesigned iMac is considerably thinner than its predecessor and contains 40% less volume, changes that have been enabled by a number of technological advancements such as the lamination to create thinner and more vibrant displays and the use of advanced welding techniques. Those advancements have not come without challenges, however, as seen with the displays holding back production on the larger iMac models.

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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:00 PM   #2
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I'm glad I pulled the trigger on day 1. I debated picking one from the local store here but I'm guessing I still wouldn't have one....
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:01 PM   #3
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Hopefully with the supply of 27" displays improving, we'll soon see a 27" Thunderbolt monitor with this new display tech (and physical design), coupled with USB 3.0 ports.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:05 PM   #4
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still waiting for mine.

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Hopefully with the supply of 27" displays improving, we'll soon see a 27" Thunderbolt monitor with this new display tech (and physical design), coupled with USB 3.0 ports.
i'm looking forward to this as well.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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I'm glad I pulled the trigger on day 1. I debated picking one from the local store here but I'm guessing I still wouldn't have one....
So did I, on hour 1
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:12 PM   #6
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This is 2013, you'd think they would have figured out these amateur manufacturing supply/demand issues by now...
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:12 PM   #7
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Enjoying two 27" at our office, glad I snagged 'em on launch day. Delivered on Dec 18th. I find it hard to believe they can only yank out 100,000/month that must be just the tip of the global demand.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:15 PM   #8
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Still waiting for mine - ordered Dec 12... (but of course, this is being tracked in another thread...)
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:15 PM   #9
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I just ordered one this morning. I'm in no real hurry to get it, but 3-4 weeks will be the longest I've ever waited for an (non-preorder) Apple order. Hopefully they really can get production issues worked out and begin to meet demand soon.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:19 PM   #10
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Well anyone that orders one will find it's worth the wait
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:23 PM   #11
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are these models much lighter than their predecessor?
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:24 PM   #12
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Awesome, now update the LED thunderbolt Cinema display with the new screens, and usb 3
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:28 PM   #13
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ordered uk day 1
got mine around dec 19, doa unit, replaced jan 4th.

great machine, would have prefered 256gb SSD instead of my 1tb fusion ... happy camper :-) along with my new air 11' im ready to create!
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:28 PM   #14
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Ordered mine on day 1 too. Received it in Dec., far earlier than estimates. It is very sweet and well worth the wait.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:29 PM   #15
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Knowing that there is a problem with yields makes me uneasy about owning one. Hopefully when the display is made and sold to Apple it won't have any problems down the road.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:33 PM   #16
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:37 PM   #17
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How are these sales compared to last models sales? It seems in short supple not due to popularity but due to issues with LG's laminated display. Numbers would be good here.

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Apple's redesigned iMac is considerably thinner than its predecessor and contains 40% less volume
I still can't believe Apple shrunk down the edges to make it "appear thinner". Removed ODD, same processors (speed wise, yes I know they're the new Intel class, but the general speeds across models has remained the same), 2.5" 5400 RPM HDD on 21" model, USB 3.0 and 32GB RAM max seem the only benefits. Honestly, this model seems a step backwards in hardware to give the appearance of a "thinner" iMac when it really isn't. Having worked behind the bar before the iPhone launch, iMac's are a PITA to diagnose/repair/disassemble. Using glue/tape instead of magnets to hold the glass/LCD in place is disappointing. I laughed when a former colleague of mine said Geniuses now have Elmer's in the back.

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Or they could have made it only slightly thicker and avoided this problem. The race to make the thinnest things possible is ignorant especially in the desktop market.
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Still guessing this means new Thunderbolt displays are a long way off.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:41 PM   #20
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Hopefully Apple will start honoring my corporate discount on the iMac like they used to. I know they are making cutting edge, but come on.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:55 PM   #21
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I just sent my new 27" iMac back today, I got it on December 17th. I'm a videographer and I made the mistake of getting it configured with a 3TB Fusion Drive. If you're going to do anything that uses large files, the SSD part of the Fusion Drive fills up and doesn't transfer the rest of the data to the HDD part as it should. I got an error message saying the drive is full (for an 80GB video file), and the apps (Compressor and FCP X) just freeze. I've also had data corruption with the Fusion Drive because data is swapped between the SSD and HDD drives causing data integrity problems.

I just ordered another iMac, this time with a conventional 3TB HDD, but delivery date is approximately February 11th.
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I'm on my 36th day of weighting. I was promised delivery before the 45th day.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 02:01 PM   #23
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It's not just a race to the bottom in thickness.

The smaller and lighter an item is, the easier and cheaper it is to pack and transport. And with a smaller array of hardware to include (goodbye, CD), the power footprint is smaller too. It all ends up saving money for all involved.
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It's not just a race to the bottom in thickness.

The smaller and lighter an item is, the easier and cheaper it is to pack and transport. And with a smaller array of hardware to include (goodbye, CD), the power footprint is smaller too. It all ends up saving money for all involved.
I must have missed the memo about the iMac price drop...
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This is 2013, you'd think they would have figured out these amateur manufacturing supply/demand issues by now...
An iMac is a complicated piece of kit, especially the new ones. To call issues such as these "amateur," whatever you mean by that, is ludicrous.

I mean, this is 2013, you'd think ignorant people would have stopped disrupting forum discussions by now...
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