iMac Discounts and Stock Shortages at Third-Party Retailers Hint at Approaching Haswell Update

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    Previous reports indicated that the iMac would be updated to include Haswell processors in June or July as shipments sank, but an update to the computer was not announced at or soon after Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference.

    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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  2. macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2006
    This is quickly beginning to look like a "Back to the Mac" Fall :).
  3. macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2013
    The moment we've all - I mean, some of us have been waiting for!
  4. macrumors newbie


    Oct 3, 2010
  5. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    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.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2012
  7. macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    I wonder if the highest end BTO GPU will be as amazing as the 680 was when they put it in this rev.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2008
    Apple is eventually going to put Haswell processors in the iMac.

    *nastri83 has become an official analyst*
  9. macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    Welcome to party with every other PC OEM, Apple.

    Haswell needs to be in everything.
  10. macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2006
    Back to school sale. Get it and get extended warranty.
  11. macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2011
    New Hampshire
    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.
  12. macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    Wow, yesterday's appleinsider news here today!
  13. macrumors 68040

    Jan 8, 2013
    im guessing when imac haswell will be announce, it will be the macbook pro haswell as well, and vice versa
  14. macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2011
    Has KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo weighed in?
  15. macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2011
    An outhouse near you
  16. macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    Bought my 27" a few weeks ago and have been using the heck out of it. No regrets at all. It's one beastly mother. :p
  17. macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
  18. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    what about a TV and a watch?
  19. macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2008
    I know its been asked before but are there any benefits to owning an iMac with Haswell other than bragging rights?;)
  20. macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2011
    Mac Mini?

    I hope that besides the iMac and MBP also the MacMini's will be upgraded......
  21. macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2013
    :D finally! i hope it launches with the iphone. i cant wait to upgrade...
  22. macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2013
    I hope not, I'd like this rumor to be accurate.

  23. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    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.
  24. macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2007
    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?
  25. Asclepio, Aug 23, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2013

    macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2011
    can we get a decent displays? instead of 5% of more power?

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