Just a thought... Can we stop complaining about preordering and the wait?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by trigf, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. trigf macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2009
    Over 12 years ago, the original iMac took over 3 months from announcement to shipping.

    Almost 6 years ago, the original iPhone took 6 months from announcement to shipping.

    Almost 3 years ago, the original iPad took 2 1/2 months from announcement to shipping.

    Let's take a moment to realize the sheer amount of logistics it takes to manufacturer a product and ship it to a customer. Apple has made great strides in reducing this time with each successive product generation, even getting to the point of same-day availability with some devices.

    Food for thought...
  2. Hungry&Foolish Suspended

    Mar 29, 2012
    Very well said, Patience is a virtue which in this day and age, some of us don't have.
  3. Lambros macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I guess the main concern is a lot of people have been holding off their computer purchases for quite a while. I mean, if you break it down, people don't immediately need mobile phones or tablet devices, mainly due to the fact that their previous device isn't "inferior". But computers are often used for work, and when they hit their expiry date, it is best to replace them ASAP (not usually the case for iPhone/iPad).

    That is the case for me, at least. I'm personally in desperate need to replace my PC as the programs I need for work are only available on a Mac. At the same time, I use my MBP but when you are hunched over a laptop all day doing work, it can cause issues of its own (neck strain, etc) when working for an extended period of time.

    All in all, I do agree...people are ranting too much for something which they just want to unbox and use for the sake of it. But I guess there are the odd few of us who actually need this device ASAP for work purposes, etc.
  4. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    Complaints are because it was already delayed with no official reason.
  5. eldho macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2011
    I think a lot of the frustration is from simply not knowing - and people really still have no idea of when they are actually going to get their new iMac. This is presumably all to do with manufacturing issues which will frustrate Apple as well, but if someone does not like people expressing their issues in a forum then maybe they ought to choose not to read those posts.
  6. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    I agree. I think that people were expecting an announcement as far back as June, so it's as if the delay was six months.
  7. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think a lot of us, even those of us who don't even plan on buying these new machines, would like to at least know how much the CTO upgrades will cost so that when it comes time for our computer illiterate friends and family to decide to buy them, we can advise accordingly. Though, as stated before, there are those of us who have been limping along on a barely functioning computer and NEED this. Mind you, I don't belong in that latter camp.
  8. Huginnmuninn macrumors regular


    Oct 8, 2011

    They could have just initiated preorders, but they didn't.

    They could have annonuced when preoders would begin, but they didn't.
  9. seanm9 macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2007
    Cape Cod, MA
    You know you can hook the MBP to an external monitor, Mouse and Keyboard... and help with those issues... The Laptop is great when traveling or when sitting on a couch, but in the office any sort of "docking" station goes a long way...
  10. Raima macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2010
    Care to remind us how long it took from announcement to announce the retina macbook pro 13 and 15 to shipping?
  11. Raima macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2010
    Care to remind us how long it took from announcement to announce the retina macbook pro 13 and 15 to shipping?
  12. trigf thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2009
    Yes, it was a shorter time period for those to be released, but there's a difference - It's much easier for Apple's suppliers to create a laminated 15 or 13 inch panel than a 21 or 27 inch panel. It's been reported for months that screen issues were the reason for the delay.
  13. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice
    Yep. It's known that the screens have been causing trouble and have resulted in delays. They are apparently checking every screen with some combobulator. Whatever that process is it means it takes more time and has resulted in low yields.

    But hopefully when we get our machines we won't need to return if for screen issues!
  14. 53x12 macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
    Spectroradiometer. :D I just watched Schiller's presentation again. :cool:
  15. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice

    I found a bit of info on Wikipedia about it.

  16. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Ahh what a great thread a bunch of people complaining....about people complaining smh
  17. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Just bought a faster Mini than all the iMacs yesterday. I won't complain.
  18. Lambros macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I don't see it as a permanent solution to the problem. Besides, when I did that last my laptop's fans sounded like they were dying, and it's only 2 years old.
  19. timcullis macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2012
    By the time Apple gets around to delivering BTOs on the 27" iMac it will already be 60 days old according to macrumors' buyers guide.

    Maybe the guide dateline should be when items start shipping, not when they are announced.
  20. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    I agree 100%.
    But this is different now. This is a non-first generation of a product with a time period where you can not get the previous product. As far as I can remember I've never seen an Apple product (with a non same day release day/announcement date) that had a time where you could but no product. Hmm to explain that better.

    X non-first generation Apple product released on Day Y
    X non-first generation Apple product released on Day Z

    Between day Y and day Z you can still buy the current (soon to be replaced) model. But with the current iMac you can't. It went off sale before the new one will be released. So there is a time you can not order a non-first generation of the product at all.

    To me this is the difference. You can't just buy a 2011 iMac now new from Apple online if you want to. I'm sure a few people would. You have to hope a few stores have one.
  21. lozpop macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2006
    The thing that bother me is the risk that the 27" won't be available until January. There's a lot of workers that need to detract it from taxes.
  22. gegeviana macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2012
    I moved abroad a couple months ago and since then I've been using an old notebook, which is not enough for me..I actually just want to know exactly when they're going to release it..if it's late November OK, I'll wait. I waited this long until now, but I just wanted to have a date
  23. washburn macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2010
    does anyone know why the delay though? they must have a pretty small supply due to intense quality control
  24. G4DP macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    I understand why you say this. But another thought. It doesn't take much for Apple to make a phone say 4 or 6 weeks earlier to get production ramped up a little earlier. That's all it would take to stop the complaining.

    Sadly, it gives them added hype and free advertising, so they love it.
  25. thatpoopmccray macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    i couldnt wait until December for the 27inch, i just bought the older one....

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