|Aug 23, 2013, 08:29 AM||#1|
iMac Discounts and Stock Shortages at Third-Party Retailers Hint at Approaching Haswell Update
Major third-party Mac retailers such as B&H and Amazon have begun offering discounts on various iMac configurations in recent days as Apple may be beginning to slow shipments of the computer in advance of a refresh featuring Intel's Haswell processors, reports AppleInsider. The company seems to be slowing the flow of iMac units coming into its various sales channels as the next-generation iMac will likely be announced later in the fall after its September iPhone media event to allow Apple, its customers, and the media to focus on its flagship mobile device.
Earlier this year, a new Broadcom Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card supporting the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard surfaced, with the card appearing nearly identical in size and shape to the custom card currently used in the iMac. The inclusion of 802.11ac support on the next-generation iMac is all but certain as the standard has already made its way into Apple's latest MacBook Air models and new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations.
Yesterday, a report surfaced that refreshed MacBook Pro models with Haswell chips would be coming in September, backed by evidence that Apple vendors may be trying to run down existing MacBook Pro stock. Data from U.S. research firm NPD released last month also indicated that U.S. Mac sales were down in June compared to the previous June, despite the introduction of the new MacBook Airs, with the lack of a refreshed MacBook Pro lineup cited as a primary contributing cause.
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|Aug 23, 2013, 08:40 AM||#5|
I thought Apple was trying to keep inventories even lower this year, especially with Macs. Discounts could be to entice back to school buyers. But stock shortages seem to come and go without any new products updates. I don't think this indicates imminent new iMacs unfortunately. Times have changed.
|Aug 23, 2013, 08:48 AM||#9|
Welcome to party with every other PC OEM, Apple.
Haswell needs to be in everything.
Current Machine: Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
Old Machine: Late 2006 Model - 13.3" MacBook, 2 GHz C2D, 4 (3.3) GB RAM, 500 GB 7200rpm HD running OS X 10.6.8
|Aug 23, 2013, 08:53 AM||#11|
I don't think we'll see any new Macs until they're ready to ship with Mavericks. I've been waiting to buy a new iMac for some time. I'd consider a current generation model if the discount were steep enough, but for the measly $100 or so discount that non-Apple retailers are offering right now it's just not worth it.
|Aug 23, 2013, 09:13 AM||#18|
|Aug 23, 2013, 09:28 AM||#23|
Maybe it's time to finally replace the 2009 iMac. Would love the thin profile of the current iMac since I never use superdrive. Plus the screen looks incredible on the new iMac's.
iMac 27" 3.06Ghz 2TB Time Capsule and AP Express Current Gen AppleTV x 3 iPhone 5s Space Gray 16Gb iPod Touch 4th Gen White iPad mini White/Silver 16GB WiFi
|Aug 23, 2013, 09:33 AM||#24|
I wonder if they'd go so far as to have a high-end BTO option with a 4K display, simultaneously announcing a 4K ACD and the new release of the new MP?
nMP 8/32GB/1TB/D500, MP 3,1(ret.), 30" ACD
MBP 15.4" 2.2GHz Quad, 8GB RAM, 500GB
MBA 13" 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD
2TB TC, 64GB iPad / 5S / 4S, Drobo 5D, 3 x TV
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