Apple's mega Mac on hold (again)
27-inch iMac production halted?
Apple has stopped production of its multi-troubled 27-inch iMac.
Or so say unnamed sources speaking to MacBidouille/HardMac. According to those sources, production of both the Core i5 and Core i7 models has been shut down entirely. The Core 2 Duo versions of Apple's top-of-the-line all-in-one were not mentioned.
Seeing as how most of the 27-incher's problems have been related to its flickering and lemony display, and seeing as how the Core i5 and i7 models use the ATI Radeon HD 4850 while the Core 2 Duos use the Radeon HD 4670, the lack of mention of the lower-powered iMacs may be understandable.
The 27-inch iMac has caused Cupertinian headaches since it was released in October of last year. Numerous early units had flickering displays, cracked bezels, or simply didn't even turn on.
Presumably in an effort to buy time to fix those problems, along with reports of "noisy screens," "whistles", "high pitch noises," "high frequent [sic] noise f****ing up my ears," Apple delayed shipments first in December and again in January.
Now comes this report that Apple has stopped building the top-end big boys entirely - at least, one assumes, until they can get their quality-control act together.
Apple did not respond to our request for comment on MacBidouille/HardMac's claims. ®
I have the 27" 3.06ghz dual core
It's my second, as the first one had the flickering screen. I received some of the best customer service I've ever encountered when contacting Apple for a replacement. They admitted fault immediately, told me there was a problem with the hardware and I took it back to the store to be given a new replacement within five minutes of arriving, complete with gushing apology. Better still I only brought back the machine, not the accessories, so I gained an extra magic mouse and wireless keyboard in the process.
This one has been absolutely perfect since I got it a month ago and I love it to pieces. I wonder just how bad this problem really is - after all, those without a problem don't shout about it.
You'd ship a computer off to *any* company with a years worth of data on it? Personally I have a time machine image and I totally wiped the Mac before I took it back! No company acting on a warranty is going to be responsible for data loss, even in an enterprise environment (I'm a network sys admin)
My entire backup was restored in 40 mins once I got the new one home - no big deal.
mine shipped on Saturday - so did they shut down production yesterday?
I first started getting headaches on some Dec monitors but it turned out to be the vertical scan rate which was doing it. TVs as monitors have always been fine, as have Macs. Certain screenmodes on my old PC were a bit dodgy but since Winblows gave me a headache anyway, it's now long gone ;)
If you buy a brand new computer and it stops working in the first week or so then you're not going to have much data on it. Unless of course you've got data to move over from a previous computer - in which case, you'll still have the DVDs/external HDs that you used to put it there in the first place...
I've got an iMac and use external drives for all important information (something which I've done since I had an Amiga in the early 90s)