Yields of 27-Inch iMac Displays Expected to Improve Next Month

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's 27-inch iMac continues to be in short supply, with Apple quoting 3-4 week shipping estimates for new online orders, compared to shorter but still substantial 7-10 day estimates for the smaller 21.5-inch models. Even before launch, the new iMac was projected to be in short supply into 2013, due in large part to issues with Apple's new display assembly process that includes laminating the display directly to the machine's cover glass.

    Digitimes now reports that the display lamination issue is still a problem for Apple supplier LG Display, with the larger 27-inch panels seeing lower yields than the 21.5 inch displays.
    The report does claim, however, that LG is moving toward better yields of the larger displays, with greater availability set to come next month. The improved yields should reduce what appears to be the main bottleneck in iMac production, thus leading to greater availability and shorter shipping estimates for new orders.

    Apple's redesigned iMac is considerably thinner than its predecessor and contains 40% less volume, changes that have been enabled by a number of technological advancements such as the lamination to create thinner and more vibrant displays and the use of advanced welding techniques. Those advancements have not come without challenges, however, as seen with the displays holding back production on the larger iMac models.

    Article Link: Yields of 27-Inch iMac Displays Expected to Improve Next Month
  2. macrumors 6502


    Mar 30, 2009
    I'm glad I pulled the trigger on day 1. I debated picking one from the local store here but I'm guessing I still wouldn't have one....
  3. macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Hopefully with the supply of 27" displays improving, we'll soon see a 27" Thunderbolt monitor with this new display tech (and physical design), coupled with USB 3.0 ports.
  4. macrumors newbie


    Jan 3, 2013
    still waiting for mine.

    i'm looking forward to this as well.
  5. macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2012
    So did I, on hour 1 :D
  6. macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2009
    This is 2013, you'd think they would have figured out these amateur manufacturing supply/demand issues by now...
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2004
    New York
    Enjoying two 27" at our office, glad I snagged 'em on launch day. Delivered on Dec 18th. I find it hard to believe they can only yank out 100,000/month that must be just the tip of the global demand.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2008
    Still waiting for mine - ordered Dec 12... (but of course, this is being tracked in another thread...)
  9. mduser63, Jan 10, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2013

    macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I just ordered one this morning. I'm in no real hurry to get it, but 3-4 weeks will be the longest I've ever waited for an (non-preorder) Apple order. Hopefully they really can get production issues worked out and begin to meet demand soon.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2010
    Well anyone that orders one will find it's worth the wait ;)
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2012
    are these models much lighter than their predecessor?
  12. macrumors 65816

    Aug 30, 2009
    Awesome, now update the LED thunderbolt Cinema display with the new screens, and usb 3
  13. macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    ordered uk day 1
    got mine around dec 19, doa unit, replaced jan 4th.

    great machine, would have prefered 256gb SSD instead of my 1tb fusion ... happy camper :) along with my new air 11' im ready to create!
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2009
    Ordered mine on day 1 too. Received it in Dec., far earlier than estimates. It is very sweet and well worth the wait.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    Knowing that there is a problem with yields makes me uneasy about owning one. Hopefully when the display is made and sold to Apple it won't have any problems down the road.
  16. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  17. bedifferent, Jan 10, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2013

    macrumors 603


    Jan 8, 2009
    How are these sales compared to last models sales? It seems in short supple not due to popularity but due to issues with LG's laminated display. Numbers would be good here.

    I still can't believe Apple shrunk down the edges to make it "appear thinner". Removed ODD, same processors (speed wise, yes I know they're the new Intel class, but the general speeds across models has remained the same), 2.5" 5400 RPM HDD on 21" model, USB 3.0 and 32GB RAM max seem the only benefits. Honestly, this model seems a step backwards in hardware to give the appearance of a "thinner" iMac when it really isn't. Having worked behind the bar before the iPhone launch, iMac's are a PITA to diagnose/repair/disassemble. Using glue/tape instead of magnets to hold the glass/LCD in place is disappointing. I laughed when a former colleague of mine said Geniuses now have Elmer's in the back.

    Previous iMac Tech Specs

    Current Gen iMac Tech Specs
  18. macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    Or they could have made it only slightly thicker and avoided this problem. The race to make the thinnest things possible is ignorant especially in the desktop market.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
    Still guessing this means new Thunderbolt displays are a long way off. :(
  20. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Hopefully Apple will start honoring my corporate discount on the iMac like they used to. I know they are making cutting edge, but come on.
  21. macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2007
    Southern Connecticut, USA
    I just sent my new 27" iMac back today, I got it on December 17th. I'm a videographer and I made the mistake of getting it configured with a 3TB Fusion Drive. If you're going to do anything that uses large files, the SSD part of the Fusion Drive fills up and doesn't transfer the rest of the data to the HDD part as it should. I got an error message saying the drive is full (for an 80GB video file), and the apps (Compressor and FCP X) just freeze. I've also had data corruption with the Fusion Drive because data is swapped between the SSD and HDD drives causing data integrity problems.

    I just ordered another iMac, this time with a conventional 3TB HDD, but delivery date is approximately February 11th. :mad:
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009
    I'm on my 36th day of weighting. I was promised delivery before the 45th day. :mad:
  23. macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    It's not just a race to the bottom in thickness.

    The smaller and lighter an item is, the easier and cheaper it is to pack and transport. And with a smaller array of hardware to include (goodbye, CD), the power footprint is smaller too. It all ends up saving money for all involved.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    I must have missed the memo about the iMac price drop...
  25. macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2012
    An iMac is a complicated piece of kit, especially the new ones. To call issues such as these "amateur," whatever you mean by that, is ludicrous.

    I mean, this is 2013, you'd think ignorant people would have stopped disrupting forum discussions by now... :rolleyes:

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