Continued Flat Panel iMac rumors

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Wil Natzel submitted a link to this Wired article which provides some new hints/rumors regarding possibly upcoming Flat Panel iMacs:

Citing an anonymous source, Munson said Apple has placed an order with an unnamed Asian manufacturer for 100,000 all-in-one computers with flat-panel screens. The order will be fulfilled in January, she said.


They speculate the order may be related to an order of iBooks... though they dismiss this due to the volume - however it could easily be related to the potential purchase by the state of Maine for iBooks in education.
 

eyelikeart

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It's probably an order for iMacs. There has been speculation for a while now regarding LCD iMacs. And we all know that Apple has scrapped CRT technology for LCD.

I think everyone makes much bigger a deal out of it than needed personally. And it's sad to know that these rumors will continue to escalate until the very moment that a new iMac lineup is announced.

Just my 2¢ worth of input.
 

spikey

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alot of these rumors are way out of proportion.

I havent read this one, but others have been asking to up the production price by putting in an LCD, use a faster CPU, faster bus.

The imac is too expensive as it is, I dont want to know the price with those things in it.
 

rjgjonker

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They speculate the order may be related to an order of iBooks... though they dismiss this due to the volume - however it could easily be related to the potential purchase by the state of Maine for iBooks in education.
A few other sites wrote this is a monthly order. I think it's highly unlikely they need this kind of numbers for the iBook. It also wouldn't be a logical choice, because the resolutions of these screens is probably 1024x768, just like in the current iBooks, but at a larger screen size. And even aside from that, the entire iBook would have to be redesigned.

It would be a logical choice for Apple to use LCD's in iMacs. They have a lot of advances and they are not that expensively anymore, especially not when ordered in this kind of numbers. At this moment, the iMac is very cheap, especially the bottom model, so I don't think the motherboards will be upgraded very much. Unless the new Sahara G3 is relatively cheap.

Another point is the required case redesign, but I don't think that will be much of a proble m for Apple. Production will probably also be done somewhere else. Current iMacs are assembled in a Panasonic televsion assembly plant in the Czech Republic.

But that's just all speculation :)
 

spikey

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Stop talking such sh*t.

the imac is not cheap enough right now. It does not offer value for performance.


God damn it LCDs arent so expensive now but they are a hell of alot more expensive than CRTs, hence why adding an LCD would raise the price of the imac alot.


Do not take facts out of context or they will not make sense.

 

agreenster

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Man, I have to agree, as much as I dont want to.

I dont think the iMacs are worth much anymore. They were great when they came out, because not too many PC's were faster or had better value than they did. But now, they seem way behind the pack regarding HD space, processor speed, and system bus for their price. As far as LCD goes, its about time the iMac had a flat panel display, but I think they are too little too late. If the new iMacs have faster processors, larger HD, and an all-in-one flat panel display, they will be close to the competition. But why dont they blow past the curve by throwing in a superdrive, much faster processors (heaven forbid a G4), and a built in cable modem (or something) instead of the measely 56k they have in everything now? Then maybe they'd have something to sell. Im not saying make the thing more advanced than the G4 or G5, but most comsumers want some power. I know I do. Did you know you can even buy an iMac with a DVD player? Whats up with that?
 

menoinjun

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Well I'd have to say that if a redesigned iMac was released, it would have to be with an LCD, almost 1ghz G3 (NO G4 or Superdrive. The G3 cant handle it, and the G4 is still going to be in the towers) and at least the option for DVD or CDRW. I'd like to see a combo drive, but I'm just not sure that the technology is available for a slotloading one, and I don't believe that the new form factor would have the space for a full slot-loading one. I can't see that it would start at $999 though, which is the current price point. (excluding the crap education model) Definetly an upgraded bus too. I think that it will be released in march or so, when LCD prices can drop a little lower, but since they have already ordered them at todays prices, maybe we will see it at MWSF.

-Pete
 

sweetaction

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yadda yadda yadda

I would have to say that I am getting a kick out of the LCD iMac rumor action. Everyone keeps saying the same thing over and over. You can go through all the entries and there are like 3 different entries...

The Joe Stoked... "I am stoked for the new LCD iMacs! Cannot wait!"

The Guy Grumble... "Dood, its gonna be too expensive... too little, too late... bad move Apple"

and the Billy Wetdream "Oh man! Yeah they should jsut blow everyone away and make the LCD iMacs with G7 chips, 1000gig HD, supporting 3gigs of ram, support for running a plasmascreen wall mount television, Gigawire, Airport3 that makes you computer really fly, and have it all sync with my car, microwave, girlfriend and allow me to make $1000 a week from the comfort of my own home using the power of the internet!!! All for $500! That would so rock! Go Apple!"


Lets see what happens in January. I just keep my eyes on these posts for word of Photoshop for OSX, then its goodbye classic.
 

pkradd

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Quantas To Make New i Mac 2

Quantas is going to be manufacturing the new iMacs, a first for them as they have previously only made laptops. It makes sense as they have th expertise in the assembly of flat panel display products. Brokerage firm Morgan Stanley and Asian sources say Apple has contracted for approximately 100,000 units a month starting in the first quarter of 2002.
Here's the Bloomberg article:

http://quote.bloomberg.com/fgcgi2.cgi?T=marketsquote99_news.ht&s=APBAPshW0UXVhbnRh




[Edited by pkradd on 12-07-2001 at 03:18 PM]
 

spikey

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lol, very funny sweetaction, well done.

Yes this is getting repetitive.
But these things have to be discussed otherwise this wouldnt be a rumor forum.
 

hinkhous

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LCD iMacs

I agree, but I'm still stoked for the new LCD iMacs
even though they don't have the G7 chips, 1000gig HD,
supporting 3gigs of ram. I don't know what I was thinking.
That would be too expensive, too little, and too late.
Not to mention a bad move for Apple.

Later dood!

ps. GO APPLE!
 
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pkradd

Quantas [sic]? Don't you mean Quanta? If Qantas was making the new iMac I'd expect it to come with wings and be called the fliMac.