More problems for Apple's top desktop
Your clunker will be delayed
Apple's star-crossed top-of-the-line iMac is causing new problems for Cupertino - but this time it's not about cracked casings or flickering displays.
It's just late. Again. Thanks to some sharp eyes at AppleInsider, we've been alerted to a posting on Apple's online store that shipments of 27-inch iMacs - both the Core 2 Duo and Core i5 versions - are being delayed by three weeks.
You'll have to wait before you can take a chance at thoroughgoing frustration
This is just the latest problem for the king of the Apple all-in-one lineup. Shortly after the big boy began shipping after its October 2009 debut, buyers discovered problems - big problems, such as cracked casings or not being able to start up at all.
Then, when Apple apparently was busy trying to fix those problems, buyers faced shipping delays, a situation that brought to mind the old groaner about a restaurant in which the food's lousy and the portions are too small: "Sorry, mate, but your malfunctioning iMac will be late."
Uncharacteristically, Apple actually commented on the delays, asking for forgiveness through a Cnet reporter by saying: "We apologize for any inconvenience or delay this may cause our customers."
Unfortunately, many of the iMacs that could boot up were plagued by display problems such as flickering and image corruption. In late December, Apple issued a firmware update intended to fix what the company admitted were flickering and image-corruption issues. For some users, it worked. For others, no dice.
On Apple's discussions forum, there's a thread entitled New iMac 27inch screen flickering/tearing/shutoff that has ballooned as of Thursday morning to 3,411 posts read by 474,072 viewers. Over at imac.squeaked.com, 1,932 posters have weighed in on a Apple iMac (Late 2009) Issues survey, with 77 per cent of the posters reporting problems.
And now the 27-inch iMac is being delayed again. In US parlance, it may be time to admit that many of those high-end iMacs are simply "lemons" - that is, irredeemably flawed. ®
iMac is not Apple's top desktop
The Mac Pro line would be the top desktop :)
Love how you say horses for courses and crap all over Windows at the same time...
I actually love Windows 7 and OSX - who knew that was possible eh?
But then this isn't an article about Windows vs. Mac is it? Though I've yet to see an article about Mac that hasn't turned into that (very stale now) argument...
This is not Apple's top desktop
That would be the cheesegrater style Mac Pro. I have one, on a desktop, with eight Nahalem cores, and it's very decent for the job it was bought for (lots of editing and graphics crunching). The inside of the damn thing looks like an expensive kitchen, it's so nauseatingly tidy and sleek, too.
That said, these big IMacs do sound like they are having some bad production problems, beyond the hysteria of the usual kneejerk naysayers. I probably wouldn't buy one myself, due to the all in oneness (nice to mix and match the right computer and monitor for the job etc.), but I can see the appeal.
All this talk of shiny precious Apple devices makes me shifty, mind. My inexpensive, home-built hairy-arsed Core i7 gaming box is a little less beautiful (but goes like an absolute rocket when I boot it into Linux, have to say). Hopefully, his Steveness won't declare me a heretic and have me cast out of The One Church for that...
Mmmmm nice resolution
I wouldn't mind getting my hands on that display, with a DVI port on it. No need for the rest of the computer, however. Does is piss anyone else off that they keep changing aspect ratios every 12 minutes? I don't even know who 'they' is, but I rather liked 4:3, and 16:10 was alright, but now everything has to be 16:9, because, as we all know, computers exist to display HD video. Right. Will it ever stop?
i'm almost an idiot then
I was about to order a 27" and noticed earlier that the delivery times had slipped by a further week, it would have been my first mac purchase, i think i'll hunt around for a 24" instead, these 27" screens are doomed!