Apple’s (AAPL) sleek new All-in-One iMac computers began shipping last week and they are expected to be in short supply through at least the end of the year. The shortages were said to be the result of manufacturing difficulties, but another factor may also be at play. As revealed by the labels on a number of new iMacs delivered over the past few days, Apple has at least partially moved the assembly of its All-in-One computers to the United States. Labels on these iMacs clearly read “Computer Assembled In USA,” and the phrase “Assembled in USA” is etched directly onto the iMacs’ aluminum enclosure. The U.S. facility Apple is using for final iMac assembly is not responsible for all new computers however, as “Assembled in China” is still etched on a number of new iMac PCs.
Now that Apple’s (AAPL) redesigned iMac is available for purchase, the only logical thing to do is to pull out the suction cups and take the svelte computer apart. Japanese site Kodawarisan took the first shot at opening the new iMacs up and as expected, found the 21.5-inch model to be very light and very thin. One of the reasons why the new iMacs are so thin is because they don’t have optical drives anymore. Another reason discovered by Kodawarisan appears to be the simplified internal design of the iMac’s components. As can be seen in the teardown photos, the new iMacs have fewer serviceable parts thanks to more components such as the RAM being soldered in now. Even with a bulge on the back that tapers to a 5-millimeter thickness at the edges, the new iMac still has room to get even thinner if the teardown images are any indication. A few more teardown images follow below. More →
The most sleek and slender All-in-One computer lineup we’ve seen to date is now available for purchase through Apple’s (AAPL) online store. The new iMac, which was unveiled during a press conference late last month, features an aluminum and glass enclosure that tapers to just 5 millimeters thin at its edge. Powered by third-generation Intel Core processors, Apple’s late-2012 iMac lineup starts at $1,299 for a 21.5-inch model that comes equipped with a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics processor. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) component suppliers in the Far East continue to experience mass production issues that will keep the iPad mini and new iMac All-in-One computer lineup in short supply until some time in the first quarter next year, a new report claims. Citing unnamed industry sources, Digitimes on Tuesday reports that LG Display and AU Optronics continue to see display panel production issues for the new iPad mini tablet that likely won’t be fully resolved until some time next quarter. According to the site’s sources, iPad mini shipments will total just 6 million units in the fourth quarter this year, 40% short of the 10 million-unit target set by Apple. More →
Apple (AAPL) announced on Tuesday that its completely redesigned 21.5-inch iMac will available at Apple Stores and “select Apple Authorized Resellers” beginning November 30th, while the larger redesigned 27-inch iMac will be ready to ship some time in December. The new iMacs are the company’s first all-in-one computers to completely ditch the optical drive in order to achieve its 5mm thick edges, sport 75% reduction in screen reflection and 60% faster graphics performance. It’s not all about weight loss, though. The new iMacs have Apple’s new “Fusion Drive” – a hybrid SSD and HDD that work in tandem to significantly boost read and write speeds. The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,299 with a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT640M graphics, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. The 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799 for a 2.9GHz Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTA 660M graphics, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive as well. Apple’s press release follows below. More →
Reports claiming Apple’s (AAPL) newly redesigned iMacs are delayed until 2013 are said to be untrue, according to 9To5Mac. A French blog reported last week that the Cupertino-based company’s new all-in-one computers would not be ready for the holiday shopping season due to difficulties suppliers were facing with the iMac’s advanced welding process. 9To5Mac’s sources have said that Apple’s 21.5-inch iMac model will be available for purchase online and in retail stores by the end of the month, however, while the 27-inch model is still on track to launch in December. The website notes that there is a “high chance” the larger model will be available for purchase around the same time as the 21.5-inch model. Apple CEO Tim Cook previously revealed that the new iMacs are expected to be in short supply due to time constraints the company’s manufacturing partners have faced along with heavy demand from consumers.
The new iMacs may not be home for Christmas. Via AppleInsider, French blog MacBidouille reports that Apple’s (AAPL) new iMac all-in-one PC models will not be ready for sale by the holiday shopping season. The blog speculates that Apple is having supply-chain difficulties, as its manufacturers are struggling with an “advanced welding process.” The new iMacs are quite an impressive fete of engineering, with edges that measure in at just 5 millimeters thin despite having display sizes of 21.5 inches and 27 inches. In other words, it’s not surprising that they’re challenging to mass produce.
Apple (AAPL) unveiled a completely redesigned lineup of iMac computers at its press event in San Francisco last week. In traditional fashion, the Cupertino-based company was able to cut the new iMac’s size by 40%, making it the thinnest all-in-one PC in the world at just 5 millimeters thick. According to a recent report, the secret behind Apple’s new iMacs lies in the LCD display, which is 45% thinner than that of the previous generation. More →
The new iMacs are so thin not only because of a new laminated glass and screen combo, but because Apple (AAPL) removed the optical drive. Whereas it makes sense for MacBook notebooks to lose the DVD drive to increase portability and make room for a bigger battery, weight isn’t really an issue for a desktop computer because it doesn’t really get transported very often. Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller sat down with TIME to explain the evolving state of the iMac. More →
The iPad mini might have stolen the show at Apple’s (AAPL) Tuesday event, but the new redesigned iMac easily comes in second. With 5-millimeter thick edges and a 60% boost in graphics performance, the new iMacs make desktops computers look very attractive again. There’s just one thorn in the 21.5-inch iMac’s side: upgrades. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) press conference is still going strong, and while the iPad mini is clearly the star of the show, the company just took the wraps off its new lineup of iMac computers. The new iMac has been completely redesigned and the new case makes the iMac the thinnest All-in-One PC in the world. The edge around the iMac display is just 5 millimeters thin, and the display is thinner than any previous iMac display. It is also optically bonded, thus removing the 2-millimeter air gap found in prior models. More →
Steve Jobs once said that touchscreen Macs wouldn’t make any sense because your arm would quickly become fatigued from holding it up in the air to poke the screen. So when Chinese company TMDTouch revealed its Zorro Macsk (that’s not a typo) that claimed to be capable of adding multitouch gestures to an iMac with mere plug and play functionality, my interest was piqued. Rather than add a touchscreen panel on top of the iMac, the Zorro Macsk uses infrared technology to track finger input. But does the $199 USB-powered accessory give the iMac a new lease on life? Read on for my full review.
In addition to the iPad mini, Apple (AAPL) is expected to unveil new iMacs and Mac minis at next Tuesday’s press conference. The iMac is rumored to be getting a redesign with a thinner profile that resembles a water droplet and the Mac mini will be getting a healthy spec boost with USB 3.0 ports, faster processors and more RAM. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will sell both computers with price points that are the same or very close to what current iMacs and Mac minis sell for; the Mac mini will reportedly sell at $599, $799 and $999 and the iMac will fall somewhere in line with $1,199, $1,499, $1,699 and $1,999. Based on those prices, 9to5Mac believes that it’s highly unlikely that the iMacs will sport Retina displays as the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a significant premium price over the non-Retina models.