Are 27" Imacs safe to buy yet ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by colour, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. colour macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2009
    So we all know about the 27" Imac issues which to some are endless.
    My question is, being in Sydney - Australia, is it time to buy yet ? are the bugs and problems fixed yet or are we still in a grey area ?

    If i buy a i7 will there still be screen problems , noise issues, graphic issues and whatever else people have been discussing on macrumors ?
  2. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    There are plenty of iMacs without problems. People are getting paranoid over a vocal minority.
  3. Big iMac macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2009
    I suggest waiting a while yet. I just received a week 51 replacement machine for my week 49 (with yellow tinge and bright pixels) and it still has the yellow tinge, led bleed and also the odd flicker problem even after the "fix". BTW, I'm in Sydney too.
  4. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    it`s still a safe buy , you get faulty ones replaced
    but i would wait february or may as it always takes a bit time to sort out the problems
    back in the days wehn the mac`s had a bad capacitor issue it took apple over a year to aknowlege that there are problems with the capacitors and it took them nearly another year to do a extended repair thingy ..and you can still buy used ones which have still the bad caps inside
  5. JimAtLaw macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2006
    Bay Area, CA
    Still tons of new reports flowing in, the firmware fix they offered didn't work, and some people are being told on the 2nd or 3rd return of a defective machine that no more returns will be permitted. I would definitely hold off.
  6. chas0001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Alicante, SPAIN
    Mine gets condensation on the inside of the glass which dissapears after about 20 minutes.

    Yesterday it was really sunny here and the sun was shining through the window. When it hit the iMac screen you can see lots of marks on the underside of the glass (see picture). It also has 4 dead pixels. :(

    I only received it 4 days ago and its a week 50 machine.

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  7. bobdard macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2008
    I bought two. Both were perfect with no issues at all. One got messed on day 8 after I did the firmware graphics update (even though I had no issues - I just wanted to have all the updates). I got it replaced, and the third is perfectly fine as well. Didn't bother with the update on this one.
  8. sparkie1984 macrumors 68020

    Dec 20, 2009
    a small village near London
    opened up my i5 yesterday and its badgering me for the update but im not going to as it hasnt flickered as yet! if it flickers of course ill do it then!
  9. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    I got mine and it's flawless. no yellow tinge nothing.
  10. djcorrosive macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2009
    Brisbane, Australia
    My first iMac order got changed to a w5773xxxx which is week 73 right?
    I know for a fact mine will come problem free cause apple told me that the 2week wait plus my web order number was changed due to apple recalling a lot of them for a re build to eliminate all the issues, this was coming from a super visor, as I always ask to deal with them directly instead for anything!
  11. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2007
    Think about how many people would have bought the iMac and either not posted about their good iMac, or not a member or this site. I'm sure there would be a lot more than there are broken ones. You only read about bad experiences, hardly anyone makes topics about their iMac working.
  12. Talarspeed macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2009
    I have a week 50 i7 with no problems as described on this forum. It has been running for about 15 hours.

    It seems that people get problems after a week or two, so obviously there is still some guarded waiting to do. In the mean time, I am definitely enjoying my new iMac!
  13. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009
    My C2D is fine. Go ahead. In all honesty your best bet if there are any is the refurb store...
  14. gospel9 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    Probably because they just don't really think there's a problem. If my local Apple Store had a SINGLE iMac that does not have the yellow tinge I would gladly make my purchase again, so would many of my friends actually. But hell no for a yellow screen. Week 41 iMacs (it seems according to people here) aside, none of them in the store have acceptable displays (that's 16 iMacs I am talking about).

    Can someone verify this? Is this, week 3?
  15. El Jack macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2009
    Unless you really need or want one, I'd wait till the next revision (probably in Summer/Fall). Right now the risk just isn't worth dropping that much cash.

    Love my iMac, but the yellow tinge is there.
  16. tombb macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2009
    The iMac is a wonderful machine and offers great value, assuming the specs fit your needs. Don't waste your precious time worrying about possible defects.
  17. senseless macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    It's probably ok by now. I had a doa, but the week 50 replacement has been error free for over a week.
  18. thedoor1 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2009
    I'm waiting for the next revision.

    Many posters mention that the problems are few and our sample is skewed by the vocal minority. I'd agree except for the statistics on replacements AND posters who say they are waiting for their Mac and then complaining.

    If it is only 1/100,000 issues, then the chance of someone posting they are waiting for their 1st/2nd/3rd, etc and THEN reporting the new/replacement is faulty would happen only 1/100,000 times. This is an ex ante sample -- not just a 'people who come to message boards b/c it is broken' sample.

    People getting replacements or stating they are waiting for a new Mac and subsequently reporting faults are much greater than it should be. Clearly far fewer than 100k people are in this sample set and tons of them report problems.

    Of course, maybe all these posters are Microsoft employees and fabricating the threads- doubt it.
  19. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000


    Jul 4, 2004
    It's not unsafe to buy an iMac, even if you are unfortunate to get one that needs sending back, you will receive new ones until you get one that is up to your standards.

    I was lucky enough to get a week 47 that has run flawlessly, in the past, I have had Rev B products that have given me more problems than this iMac has so far.
  20. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    FUD if I ever saw it...what is it with you people? If there's something wrong with the thing, Apple will replace it. God...
  21. sparkie1984 macrumors 68020

    Dec 20, 2009
    a small village near London
    i must ask whats FUD??? see it a lot on here and dunno what it means
  22. lukester macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2009
  23. euphuistical macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2009
    Remember, if something is wrong with a product people are way, way, WAY more likely to post and complain about it, as opposed to those who receive a good, perfectly working product. If you like the new iMacs, want one, have the money and all that, just go ahead and buy one. If you are unlucky it will get replaced, and hell, you might just be able to squeeze an upgrade like a larger HD or ram or CPU if it takes them awhile to fix it.

    You got nothing to loose and a beautiful machine that I am assuming you want to lose.

    Get it, post results.
  24. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009

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