Apple Online Store Offering Refurbished Current-Generation 21" iMac, Shipping in 1-3 Days

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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 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
  2. macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    i.e. All returns from users that bought them and realised 5400rpm drives are, nowadays, total crap.
  3. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Adopters are not impressed I see.
  4. macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2009
    Weld this!
  5. macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    There is a lot in the uk refurb store at the moment
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    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.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    I was surprised they had a 21.5 Fusion drive offered yesterday .
  8. macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    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.
  9. macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2004
    No welded Macs for me...

    Since they started welding things shut, I won't be buying another iMac.
  10. macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2012
    Awesome! Can't wait for my macbook air 2013 :)
  11. macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2012
    But so are rMBP and Air's.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2003

    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.
  13. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I switched up from a 5400 to a 7200 and didn't notice anything. If anything, my MBP got slower :eek:
  14. macrumors 68000

    The Samurai

    Dec 29, 2007

    Returns from users who thought the thinness would make an impact on their lives. :D
  15. macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Actually Apple's 5400 rpm drives run quite quickly. They're amongst the fastest in that category.
  16. macrumors 601

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    I just love ridiculous posts like this. Gotta love MR for thinking they are Apple's only customers. :rolleyes:. 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? :p. I'll bet more people that don't frequent here telling of all their returns/exchanges are getting work done on their iMacs. ;)
  17. macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    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.
  18. macrumors 601

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    I thought it was just announced that the update to the Mac Pro is on it's way?
  19. macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2008
    well that was fast
  20. macrumors 68030

    Oct 21, 2012
    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".
  21. mushroomtip, Feb 15, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    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 ?
  22. macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2011
    errrr there aren't any 2012 iMac models in the UK refurb store.....
  23. macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2007
    The new iMacs are great!

    You should use one before you try to criticize something that you have not used.
  24. macrumors 68000


    May 19, 2011
    Leicestershire, UK
    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.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2012
    Northamptonshire, England
    There isn't bugger all in the UK store as it stands atm.


    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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