i7 iMac's no longer build to order - Available in stores

slicecom

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Not sure when this happened or if anyone has posted it around here (its possible I'm just out of the loop), but I walked into the Yorkdale Apple store last night and bought an i7 iMac. You no longer have to buy them online as build to order and wait for shipping. They also had one on display.
 

hakr

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I just called my local store - according to the person I spoke with, the i7 are now stocked items.
Yup. My local store replaced my I7 last Friday with a brand, spanking new unit from store inventory. Manufactured week 11 of 2010. No issues so far...

I've had very good results to day with the minor issues I've had with my macbook pro and my iMacs. Further, in the three years I have been using macs, I've seen mostly the same techs behind the genius counter at the store.

It's nice to deal locally, with people who speak the same language, and who can make decisions. :D
 

hippo206

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Sounds like they are everywhere. Not a bad thing of course. Great that Apple pushes the high-end out of their warehouses
I was happy to see them, but a little sad too. I got a i5 because I don't like ordering online (i know, I'm weird that way). I did that because the apple store rep's told me they were never going to get i7's as a stock item. Oh, well, I love my i5.... just need to find a way to pass down my i5 to my wife so I can go pick up a i7.
 

Hellhammer

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I was happy to see them, but a little sad too. I got a i5 because I don't like ordering online (i know, I'm weird that way). I did that because the apple store rep's told me they were never going to get i7's as a stock item. Oh, well, I love my i5.... just need to find a way to pass down my i5 to my wife so I can go pick up a i7.
I can take it if you don't mind :rolleyes:

Usually what is online only, stays online only, but maybe i7s were so popular and people were asking could they get them from retail stores, so Apple decided to unleash them.
 

pilot1226

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Jeepers this RAM is expensive. The best quotes I can find are 4GB sticks for $200 US. Does it come with 1x4GB DIMM or is it 2x2GB DIMMs?
 

ermir4444

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Not sure when this happened or if anyone has posted it around here (its possible I'm just out of the loop), but I walked into the Yorkdale Apple store last night and bought an i7 iMac. You no longer have to buy them online as build to order and wait for shipping. They also had one on display.
Eaton center has them as well...
 

Badger^2

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Do you know if the stores carry the 27" iMac, 2.8GHz, 2TB, 8GB models?
Overpriced 2TB drive and 8 gigs of overpriced ram would be BTO.

As the Hammer already pointed out, adding an additional 4 gigs (2 x 2) is about $100.

Keep the 1TB internal and spend the $250 apple charges for the 2TB internal on a 2TB FW800 external. 3 gigs total space then. Or get 2 1TB USB 2 drives for $80 each, $160, and have one for Time Machine backup.
 

jjahshik32

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Overpriced 2TB drive and 8 gigs of overpriced ram would be BTO.

As the Hammer already pointed out, adding an additional 4 gigs (2 x 2) is about $100.

Keep the 1TB internal and spend the $250 apple charges for the 2TB internal on a 2TB FW800 external. 3 gigs total space then. Or get 2 1TB USB 2 drives for $80 each, $160, and have one for Time Machine backup.
Hmm that's a good plan. If I decide on a iMac I'll have to go that route.
 

robby818

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Hmm that's a good plan. If I decide on a iMac I'll have to go that route.
The imacs in the refurb store seem to be routinely shipping with 2 TB drives. I got two 27" machines ordered one week apart and they both had 2 TB drives.
 

Nishi100

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I have been wanting to switch to mac for a long time and i decided to go for the iMac i7. I went to my nearest apple store and went in to ask them if they were selling i7's and they said yes but don't have any in stock, and dont know when they will get some more. So I asked them if I could give them my number and they could ring me when they had some more, they said no. I asked if i could give them my email and they said no. Therefore, every morning i ring them and ask,"Do you have any i7's?" (I don't like ordering online - and the shipping time [of what i have heard on this forum] aren't the best in the world) I cannot GET TO SLEEP! because I'm so excited about my new iMac replacing my old Dell E520!!!

BTW: Lucky you slicecom and hakr

  • Do you have the yellow screen
  • The high pitched noise when at 100% brightness
  • Noisy hard drive
  • Dead pixels / dust underneath screen and any in iSight

I just want to be sure that you have had good results on your iMac before i go and buy it
 

slicecom

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  • Do you have the yellow screen
    Yes, 99% of the 27" iMacs still have this issue despite what some zealots may tell you.
  • The high pitched noise when at 100% brightness
    No, but I have an annoying buzz when the display is sleeping or the brightness is turned down very low.
  • Noisy hard drive
    No, very quiet.
  • Dead pixels / dust underneath screen and any in iSight
    No / No / No
 

Badger^2

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Therefore, every morning i ring them and ask,"Do you have any i7's?" (I don't like ordering online - and the shipping time [of what i have heard on this forum] aren't the best in the world)
If you would have ordered online you would have had it already.

I think you have that opposite, shipping times are fine.
 

Nishi100

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  • Do you have the yellow screen
    Yes, 99% of the 27" iMacs still have this issue despite what some zealots


Can you post a pic with the double bars open and another pic with mail / finder open

thanks

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If you would have ordered online you would have had it already.
it's not the shipping times its also the fact that i don't like ordering online, i know it's safe and that not much goes wrong but i wold prefer to buy it from a real person
 

Badger^2

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it's not the shipping times its also the fact that i don't like ordering online, i know it's safe and that not much goes wrong but i wold prefer to buy it from a real person
Wow. 1989 is calling...

I used to think this same thing about banks. I liked going into them and talking to a teller. But every frackin time you ask a question they just say "Did you call the 800 number? or "you will need to call the 800 number for that" -- ugh.

What would be the worst case scenario? It shows up a day late? It gets lost and they have to send a new one?
 

Palad1

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Got my 27'' i7 from the Regent Street :apple: store and couldn't believe my luck when out of sheer desperation I asked:
-Love the 27'' screen, but not so sure about the i5. Do you carry the i7 in store?
-Sure
-Here's my wallet.