iMac discoloration and flickering problem

Discussion in 'iMac' started by craigatkinson, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. craigatkinson macrumors regular


    Jan 31, 2006
    I've been reading through the threads regarding the iMac's screen flickering and discoloration problems. One thing I'm not clear on though is why people keep brining up week 4 and 5 machines so often in the forum. Is the problem more pronounced in machines manufactured during those weeks? I see more people complaining about those models than any others. I ask because I'm considering buying an iMac for my wife, but want to know the likelihood of getting a bad one. I'm in no hurry of course, I'm going to wait at least two weeks to see if this next batch has better luck.
  2. tombb macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2009
    My wife's week 2 27" C2D seems perfect, so I went ahead and ordered my quad from MacMall also. I predict it too will be perfect.

    "Assuming the best" seems like a good mental health strategy, but this attitude puts me at odds with some other posters.

    If I get a lemon, then I'll be upset too. I just refuse to waste time worrying about something that may or may not happen. Life's too short -- and Apple's always done right by me in the past.
  3. IndustrialSpace macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2009
    The higher numbered weeks (40's-50's) from late last year were severely plagued with screen flickering and yellow tinted screens. Apple reps have been stating that the 2010 iMacs (weeks 1-5 on) were supposed to be fixed and free of screen defects. This has shown not to be the case. That is why they are complaining. People are vey upset that this problem was widespread beofre 2010 and Apple claimed that they fixed it. So, here you have a lot of people comparing notes on their iMacs from these recent weeks. If you comb through the threads, people are complaining about theses weeks (1-5 on) and the earlier ones from late last year.

    Right now, it seems like the likelihood of getting a bad screen are high. Perosnally, I would wait until Apple decides to fix the screens.

    Here's some info:

    Apparently, Apple is telling customers that its normal and NOT to REPAIR or REPLACE the iMac. So, if you get a bad one, They will not offer to repair or replace it right now. They tell their CSRs to explain to the customer that it is normal to have some discoloration.

    "Buyer beware," as the saying goes.
  4. Yakuza macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2007
    Lisbon, Portugal
    they did replace mine. and no questions asked. I mean besides the obvious ones "what was the problem, yadah yadah yadah.."

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