iMac 27" replacement sent from USA

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TronPlayer, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. TronPlayer macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2008
    My first iMac 27" I7 that I purchased as a new unit was sent from shanghai. Within 24 hours the hard drive crashed. I received an RMA from Apple, and sent the unit back to Elk Grove, California. My replacement was supposed to ship out when FedEx scanned in my tracking # that Apple provided. Instead, it took an extra 3 days and I was sent an email notifying me of a delay in my shipment. The replacement shipped today except it was sent from Union City, California. Does anything think that I may be getting a refurbished unit that someone else returned? It seems odd that it's coming from California this time. As soon as I get it, I'll be checking the build date.
  2. tigereat macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2009
    I think it depends on what weeks it is. My replacement's serial no starts with QP012. So it will be week 12 made in US , which is the latest week bulid (i guess). In this case, I think it will not be a refurbished unit.

    If you got the many past weeks, Say week 10 or lower (I just returned my week 11 ), it could be a refurbished one. So you might want to check your iMac serial no. However, I really dont think Apple will do such a thing.

    I'm not sure if getting one made in US could be better than one made in China. My past iMacs were built in Chaina and they all had the screen issues. I hope this one made in US will be better since this is going to be my last replacement.
  3. redshift1 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2010
    Since each Apple Computer has a unique serial number you could probably call Apple and ask. Also at you can get specific information on your imac by entering your computer serial number I just checked my 2005 G5 and retrieved some information.

    Knowing that a specific machine's history is tracked by Apple the potential negative publicity generated by replacing a new imac with an essentially used computer seems unlikely especially with a "smoking gun" tracking history.
  4. TronPlayer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2008
    I just received my serial # from Apple and found the following information. I was pleased to find out that it is in fact a week 12 build. Also, it was interesting to see that the Factory code was QP (USA) and my first iMac was "Factory: XX (China)". I have high hopes for this one.

    Name: iMac Intel (mid 2009-i7)
    Group1: iMac
    Group2: Intel
    Generation: 8
    ModelCode: imac_mid_09
    CPU speed: 2.8GHz
    Screen size: 27 inch
    Screen resolution: 2560x1440 pixels
    Memory - number of slots: 4
    Factory: QP (USA)
    External link: Technical specifications by
    External link: Repair guide by iFixit
    Model introduced: 2009
    Production year: 2010
    Production week: 12 (March)
    Production number: 1065 (within this week)
    Uitbreidingen: Uitbreidingsmogelijkheden van dit apparaat

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