Rumor: iMacs delayed to 2013

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DocMultimedia, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    From AppleInisder:

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/11/14/rumor-release-of-new-imacs-may-be-delayed-into-2013

    After Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed last month that there would be a "significant shortage" of the newly redesigned iMac, a report on Wednesday claims manufacturing difficulties may push back the all-in-one's launch date into next year.

    Citing a "commercial source," French language blog MacBidouilleclaims that production of Apple's new iMac models may not be ready for sales ahead of the lucrative holiday shopping season, speculating that the company's advanced welding process is to blame.

    During Apple's quarterly earnings conference call, which was held shortly after the new iMac's debut, Cook said that there would be a "significant shortage" of the all-in-one, but declined to offer details on the matter.

    The totally redesigned iMac was unveiled in October and features an advanced assembly technique called friction-stir welding, which uses high heat and pressure to "intermix the molecules of the two aluminum surfaces" to create a seamless joint. In order to achieve maximum thinness, the iMac's optical drive was removed, a design decision that has slimmed down other Apple products like the MacBook Air and the latest MacBook Pros with Retina display.

    Adding to the already high difficulty of manufacture is the iMac's screen lamination process, which eliminates the 2mm air gap between the display and front glass seen in legacy models. In August, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the process is more involved with the 27-inch model and would cause supply constraints for the initial batch of machines.

    Currently, the Online store shows a November availability for the 21.5-inch iMac, which is to be followed by the 27-inch model in December.​
     
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    White iPhone 4 markII.
     
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    Grimm news indeed.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    its almost like steve jobs died... this company is unrecognizable these days
     
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    Doesn't surprise me in the least if true. I'm sure they have every factory running full out making iPhones and iPads for the holidays.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    noooooooo :eek:
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    I'm enjoying my mid 2011 iMac. I'll purchase this one at the end of 2013 with Haswellonce everything is ironed out. Clearly problems with these iMacs even if they still come out on time.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    Can't buy the new one.
    Can't buy the old one.

    This isn't good.
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    Disappointed

    You know, I read a lot of comments about people talking about this delay. I don't wanna believe them, but looks like they are right.

    I am very disappointed, I was really expecting to buy my first iMac until the end of the year.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors member

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    My 2006 24in iMac is BEGGING to be replaced. This has been a brutal wait.
     
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    and all because they want to make the iMac slimmer, something I think very few customers were even worried about. This news does not surprise me as I was wondering why the iMacs were still not available to order. I had not banked on getting a BTO before the end of the year anyway, but wonder how long I will have to wait after this news.
     
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    If it's real... Apple is dead. I think this is not true
     
  15. macrumors 6502a

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    Looks like those of us who said there wouldn't be a 2012 iMac may end up being right after all. I would have preferred to be wrong.
     
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    VERY simple: it's time for Cook to STOP being a CEO and re-take his COO position...he has no vision, just execution skills.

    Without him SPECIFICALLY devoted to that task, the wonderful supply chain advantage carved by Apple is gonna go down really fast.
     
  17. macrumors regular

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    Apple will be just fine... but this is a BIG misstep!
     
  18. thread starter macrumors member

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    translation from Macbidouille, iMac = Airbus

    This was the source. It's in French, but google translation is below. I enjoyed the fact that the new iMac will use the same method used to make an Airbus A380 jet. I wonder if it will fly. :)

    http://www.macbidouille.com/news/2012/11/14/apple-pas-d-imac-avant-la-fin-de-l-annee

    We just learned from a commercial source that Apple has delayed the release of the iMac announced three weeks ago. While the model output 21.5 "was scheduled for November 27 and that" for December, it is possible now that the range rate the holiday season.

    If nothing is mentioned, Apple seems to have more problems than expected because of the new manufacturing process of these iMacs, which passes through a system of welding of aluminum under high pressure system, already used to assemble the wings some aircraft such as the Airbus A380.

    This is very bad news for Apple, whose Mac sales were disappointing last quarter. The iMac is certainly the model that would allow the company to garner many sales. Apple will now have to rely on all its laptops, which certainly successful, but probably not enough to revive the increase Mac sales.​
     
  19. macrumors member

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    oh well...my windows PC is going perfectly fine and I can always use my wife's 2011 iMac.
     
  20. thread starter macrumors member

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    I agree. The supply chain seems very unstable since Cook migrated upward.

     
  21. macrumors 6502a

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    I'd love confirmation, because I need to upgrade to SOMETHING ASAP, and preferably before end of year for tax purposes. If I knew it would be April or later before I could get a BTO, I would either get a refurb or change over to mini + 2 displays

    Oh, except that just THIS MORNING I went ahead and ordered 32 GB of ram for a new iMac!
     
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    But isn't this whole issue the COO part anyway? The vision part is already over with. Jony has already designed the next generation iMac. It's now the deployment of the product, supply and demand, and the supply chain as you mentioned. All three things in which Cook supposedly excels in.
     
  23. macrumors 6502

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    As long as the apple page says "available in November" and apple does not confirm its remains a rumor.

    I am optimistic and say will see the Imac this year.
     
  24. macrumors regular

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    Apple.... they never talk about rumors
     
  25. macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, nothing ever shipped late when Steve was around :rolleyes:
     

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