Which is your biggest 2012 iMac disappointment?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MasterLibrarian, Dec 20, 2012.


I am not really happy with my new iMac's ...

  1. Screen: Image retention, Backlight Bleeding, Glare, Not what you hopped...

  2. CPU: Underperformance, i7 didn't worth the extra $, etc.

  3. Sound: Speaker performance (especially bass)

  4. Noises: Buzzing noise, Disk noise, Fan noise or other...

  5. GPU: Underperforming or not up to what you wanted...

  6. Repairability

  7. HDD (not fusion): Performance

  8. Fusion Drive: Performance, Bootcamp on 3TB

  9. Poor Delivery Time: Why so much wait ?

  10. Pricing: Its performing as expected but way overpriced!

  1. MasterLibrarian, Dec 20, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012

    macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2012
    So all of you new 21" or 27" owners which is your biggest 2012 iMac disappointment?

    come on... there's got to be at least one!
  2. macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2012
    The long indeterminable wait for it to be built ,with no date to look forward to :D

    just a vague January
  3. macrumors 68000

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    Less upgrade and repair options with screen taped on.
    Apple not releasing a fix for 3TB bootcamp.
    I love everything else about my 27" iMac!!
  4. macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2012
    ^ What iWaiting said. I requested a replacement for cosmetic marks behind the screen, yellow tints, and backlight bleeding. Currently I still have possession of the iMac 27" but it pains me to part ways so quickly... I really don't want to wait until January to receive the new unit. However, I am most likely going to return this after a week and a half of use since I have 14 days from the initial day I requested a replacement (Monday).
  5. macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2012
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Call apple. Tell them you need a computer for work. They will allow you to hang on to the unit until your new one comes in and you can then return your defective unit.
  6. macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2011
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009
    - Lack of FW800 when all the other non-ultrabook Macs have it.
    - It being a (very) late 2012 model instead of a mid 2012 model.
    - My having to wait to 2013 for a 2012 model.
  8. macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Basically as mine is flawless my only gripe, or should I say a late December have it now. :D
  9. macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2012
    Germany, Dresden
    Thats it is not vesamountable. Allready bought the wallmountet arm to set everything up :mad:
  10. Guest


    Aug 5, 2012
    yeah this is a major flaw
  11. macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2008
    actually the one thing that's bothered me since the 2011's was the lack of "target mode" or any kind of adapter that would let me use the imac screen as a monitor for my xbox. :(

  12. macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2009
    The wait (it still isn't built) and the lack of optical drive.
  13. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Well the optical drive doesn't count in my perspective because we were aware there was no optical drive from, by time they were announced.
    The question makes more sense for what you were expecting and finally didn't deliver...
  14. macrumors regular


    Dec 1, 2007
    I can live with the fact that technology moves on and companies change product line ups all the time.

    What I didn't like was waiting until almost the end of November to be able to order a new imac. Now i've got it, i'm really pleased. However the wait was just tooooo long.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2009
    Fair enough. Though then repair-ability and pricing should also be off your list, because I don't think anyone should have expected any different than what we got. ;)
  16. macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    The wait. It's inexcusable. Apple needs to get their act together. It should NOT take one month to receive a computer.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2009
    They wanted to release it as soon as possible, so they did. If they had waited longer, people would complain, though then everyone would get them at the same time. I'm satisfied that they released them and just ship them as they are ready. And no, I don't have mine yet. Still "processing" with a January 2-8 delivery estimate.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    No, you're missing my point. I'm not talking about releasing it on time or later. Somewhere along the line, there is a supply problem for the new iMac. There's not enough of a part, it's difficult to design, whatever. Something needs to be fixed. Especially for a luxury company such as Apple, the one month wait time is petty and they should be embarrassed by it.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2009
    If there is a supply problem this early in a product cycle, it's because someone isn't up to production speed, and holding the release would allow stock piling for the initial shipments and get production up to speed.

    Things are hard to get when first released. Demand is high and the production process isn't up to 100% yet. Happens with every product release and I don't see why Apple should be embarrassed by it.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2012
    Wishing I could tilt it down more due to my Desk at home.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2006
    Out of that list, it's definitely repairability. I know it was a pipe dream to hope that they made the insides user accessible, but it would have been nice.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Agreed. I'm using my 27" right now and absolutely loving it. Haven't had any noticeable issues. I checked the backlighting, and okay…the edges are a bit brighter than the rest. It's not 100% evenly backlit. But I have to strain my eyes to notice, or use a 100% black screen.

    I can't find a defect on the thing. Bass is a bit sucky on the speakers (but as if you'd expect them to be serious speakers), but I can use it for watching films way better than I expected.

    Repairability does annoy me somewhat, especially considering that if it used magnets to attach the screen it'd be much easier to get inside. The internal layout looks very easy to work around, so it'd be awesome if we could take the screen out and fix the insides if necessary.

    But hey, three year warranty. Hopefully it'll help me earn more than the cost of getting a new one in three to five years' time.
  23. macrumors regular

    May 28, 2006
    Inability to play pre-packaged bluray movies.

    I keeed, I keeed....
  24. macrumors 68000


    Jul 19, 2002
    For the 21.5"
    - Really poor performing HDD. From my own tests now I'm seeing about a 35% less performance vs. the 1tb 3.5" drive in the 2011 iMac.
    - Lack of user upgradability on the 21.5" (should at least be able to upgrade memory)
    - Also the lack of options, like having to go to the upper model to get a Fusion drive so it costs $450 to get a decent performing drive.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2010
    27" maxed out (except ssd) bto, overall happy except osx issues coming from win 7.

    my biggest disappointment was the lack of a middle tier ssd only option, i was sure that would be a given but apple jacked us with only the $1300 upgrade or fusion, which would force bootcamp on the regular hdd instead of ssd.

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