New iMac, old manufacture date

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JFJetta, May 12, 2016.

  1. JFJetta macrumors newbie

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    So I just purchased a new iMac from Apple Store, the 3.3 Ghz. I checked the manufacture date, it's listed as September 2015. So long ago! Should I be concerned that it has sat in a box for 8 months?
     
  2. Fried Chicken macrumors 6502

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    No. It still has the 3 year warranty, and it should last well beyond that.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Standard warranty is 12 months. You pay for the extra 2 years of AppleCare extended warranty.
    The important date is your date of purchase.

    And, if you are guessing the manufacturer date by using some site that decodes the serial number -
    That is not necessarily accurate.
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    That's the date when they started manufacture of those models not the date that one was manufactured.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I'll throw in my $.02 that odds are very high that your mac was not manufactured in September 2015.
     
  6. Lankyman macrumors 68000

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    Currently no such thing as a new Mac as it's all old tech - sadly not reflected in the price Apple charges.
     
  7. redheeler macrumors 603

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    It's possible, that's when production of the current iMacs would have started. I'm assuming the OP ordered a stock configuration and not a custom/BTO one, it has probably been sitting in a warehouse for a while.
    The 5K iMacs are using the latest Skylake CPUs, and the 5K display + PCIe 4x SSD is still hard if not impossible to beat with any PC at that price point. So, I certainly wouldn't call it "old tech" yet, even if it does lack DDR4 and Thunderbolt 3 (neither of which is a must-have right now).
     
  8. Lankyman macrumors 68000

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    Have you read the MacRumours advisory on if you should buy?
     
  9. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    I have read that report. (Did you?)
    Looks like it reflects what redheeler had to say (and not so much on your side of the issue)
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    I think its highly unlikely a given model has been sitting in the warehouse for 8+ months
     
  11. redheeler macrumors 603

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    I think he's referring to the buyer's guide:
    iMac MR Buyer's Guide.png
    IMHO the MacRumors buyer's guide is not far from a confusing mess. Of course that's partly Apple's fault as well.
     
  12. Lankyman macrumors 68000

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    Caution approaching end of cycle - seems to bear out what I said. Personally I'm finished with the Mac once my refreshed mid-2011 iMac reaches the end of the road if Apple are still peddling sealed for life throw away units.

    There is plenty of good opposition out there these days and I don't buy into all this 'I can't live without OS X' tripe. That argument no longer holds water following the launch of W10. If Apple wants brand loyalty then they need to make a product worth being loyal to. Loyalty is a two way street.
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    [MOD NOTE]
    Please stay on topic, other posts not pertaining to the manufacturing date/serial number have been removed.
     

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