Apple warns of reduced iMac availability in near term (appleinsider.com)

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  1. NorrisKillsKids macrumors 6502a

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    Apple this week is advising members of its reseller channels that supply of iMacs will be constrained in the immediate future, a move that may signal new models are nearing production.

    In particular, people familiar with the matter say the Cupertino-based Mac maker has warned that new reseller orders for the high-end 24-inch 3.06GHz iMac are unlikely to be fulfilled, suggesting manufacturing of that model is ramping down or has already ceased.

    Additionally, Apple is said to have braced its partners for limited availability of the remainder of the iMac line in the coming weeks, a sign which this late in the product's life-cycle "only means one thing" -- namely that the company is drawing down inventory levels ahead of new models.

    So far, details on the next-generation of iMacs are few and far between. Outside inadvertent confirmation on Apple's part that the systems will employ chipsets from NVIDIA Corp., the remainder of their hardware makeup remains unclear.

    A recent analyst report had speculated based on source information that Apple was still facing a dilemma of whether to advance the all-in-one desktops to quad-core systems or continue using Intel's mobile Core 2 Duo chips. Given that production of current models is now believed to be winding down, it's almost a certainty that the company has made its decision.

    Supporting a possible move to quad-core processors in the iMac line was a November report from Taiwanese rumor site DigiTimes, which claimed that Apple was among a list of PC makers who had agreed to adopt Intel's new quad-core 65W low-power desktop processors that range in speeds from 2.33GHz to 2.83GHz.

    The report did not specify in which models Mac maker would employ the parts, however. But short of Apple introducing a completely new breed of Mac desktop, it would appear the only likely candidates for such chips would be the iMac and Mac mini, with the former being a safer bet from both a strategic and historic standpoint.

    Assuming the report remains accurate, it would bode with similar rumblings AppleInsider has heard about the direction in which Apple plans to take its flagship desktop line during the 2009 calendar year. With Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard set to debut with Grand Central technology aimed at leveraging Macs with an increasing number of processor cores, it's safe to assume that the majority of the company's Mac offerings will soon see a bump from dual-core to quad-core.

    Also fueling rumors of iMac revisions due this quarter were a couple of independent reports out of the Chinese-language Economic Daily News. The first, published in late December, cited sources as saying Apple was scheduled to "launch a new iMac all-in-one PC in the first quarter of next year, and the company's sole manufacturing partner, Quanta Computer, is gearing up to supply monthly shipments of around 800,000 units during the first quarter of 2009."

    The second report, filed less than a week later, sparked speculation that the next-generation models would employ a new cooling system than the current iMacs when it identified two OEMs -- Foxconn Precision Components and Auras Technology -- as the team that would manufacturer "the PC's cooling module" without offering details on any of the system's other components. Outside of that report, there's been no concrete evidence to suggest a change to the iMac's cooling methods.

    It should be noted that should the iMacs adopt the Intel chips singled out by DigiTimes, it would mark a significant architectural shift for the desktop line, which has long relied on the same breed of mobile chips found in Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro lines. The quad-core chips in question are true desktop-oriented processors with a higher thermal design point.
     
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  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I can't wait anymore. Becouse Apple doens't ship this gen. models to resellers anymore, so how long it'll take that new models are out? It can't be long time?
    Has this happen before?
     
  4. Akitakoi macrumors regular

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    Your new here huh? :D
     
  5. pkoury macrumors member

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    If Apple was a more predictable company; MacRumors, AppleInsider, and the likes would not have a reason to exist other than for technical support.
     
  6. FoxHoundADAM macrumors regular

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    Finally some substance to back up the rumors that the iMacs would be out soon. Thanks for the update.

    I hope we see them before March!
     
  7. jordan eff macrumors regular

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    the way i see it now is that now apple has wanred companies of limited supplies of the macs that they are now shipping the last of the current models to make way to ship the new model, so hopefully it wont be long before we start seeing pics and more details
     
  8. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yea I'm quite new here. I know quite much about computers but I've always been a PC dude and now making my life way better with Mac.

    I just want to know is this a sign that new ones will be here in 2 weeks, or what.
     
  9. NorrisKillsKids thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    2 weeks SEEMS unlikely. I'd say late feb/early march.

    The earlier the better :D
     
  10. Akitakoi macrumors regular

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    Sorry, was just joking around a little.:eek:

    Yes this is Apples "game", it generates a lot of media coverage. And can stress out the faithful followers.:apple:
     
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    But why would they took products off now? There is still bunch of people who wants to buy it now (becouse they don't know/care about update) I think that means it'll be sooner than in month.

    Yea, the earlier the better

    Yea, I know about Apple's game about information and answers to rumors. Never gives anything out before release
     
  12. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    About time too. More fuel to the speculations of the last few days.

    And a thermal standpoint. I doubt 65 W can fit inside a Mac mini, especially if the rumors about it getting smaller are true.

    I definitely agree. I'm fairly sure we'll see quad-core iMacs with this update, if not, almost certainly with Nehalem later this year. MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac mini will most likely have to wait until quad-cores get cooler and/or less expensive. AFAIK, Nehalem will bring just one 45 W (35 W in "Penryn" terms) TDP quad-core, the others will be 55 W (45 W). 2010 I can see as being the year of quad-core really displacing dual-core, and Snow Leopard may be fairly settled in by then.
     
  13. scollum-omps macrumors newbie

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    the ram in the imac

    i have not seen this posted anywhere else yet so i might as wll say it now.

    before the macboook and macbook pros got updates to ddr3 at 1066mhz it was on ddr2 at 667mhz and the imac was on and still is ddr2 at 800mhz wich was more so i am not hoping that it will get the maximum of 8gb of ram like the macbook pro 17 inch has just got but the speed of the ram will go up to ddr3 at 1333mhz so that the ram is faster than the laptop once more. but of course the quad cores would help as well of course so put this with the new nvidia graphics processors and snow leopard would go down very well for the size of it.

    i also would not mind if they give us the option for a soldid state drive as well at least 500gb yeah 500gb will do nicly thanks. ;););) go on apple you know you want to.
     

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