Apple’s (AAPL) new iMac computers are an engineering feat, but the All-in-One’s striking design apparently has some downsides. Numerous reports have suggested Apple’s manufacturing partner is having difficulties with the processes required to assemble the new iMac, which is just 5 millimeters thick at its edges. The case design is made possible by an “advanced welding process” that has proven difficult to accomplish, and now a new report suggests Apple’s display panel supplier is having yield issues as well. More →
We’ve known for a while that Apple (AAPL) has had trouble producing enough of its new 27-inch iMacs to meet demand, and now it seems that the shipment date for the super-slim desktop computers has been pushed back to February. 9to5Mac notes that the Apple’s ship times for the new 27-inch iMacs now stand at “three to four weeks,” which means that anyone who orders one of the new computers probably won’t get it until February at the earliest. The good news for iMac fans, however, is that the 21.5-inch models are still slated to ship over the next seven to ten days, so people who order the smaller iMac should still get it by the end of the month.
Early adopters of Apple’s (AAPL) new iMac computers who chose the 3TB Fusion Drive model have been unable to use Boot Camp Assistant. The program, which allows OS X users to install a Windows partition on their computers, is limited to drives of up to 2.2TB. Apple has hinted that the software may be updated in the future to support larger drives, however no set time frame has been given. Despite the set back, it has been discovered that it is still possible to create a working Boot Camp partition on new iMacs. More →
Bad news for Apple (AAPL) fans who like to run Windows-based applications on their computers — it seems that the company’s new iMacs aren’t compatible with the Boot Camp dual-booting software assistant. 9to5Mac has received reports from readers that “the built-to-order 27-inch iMac configuration with a 3TB Fusion Drive (an extra $400) will not allow any Boot Camp use,” which essentially “cuts off access to a full Windows experience that some Mac users may want to benefit from.” As 9to5Mac notes, Apple has said in the past that the new iMacs do not run Boot Camp “at this time,” which means that support for the software could be coming in a future update.
Customers who order one of the new ultra-thin 27-inch iMacs will now have to wait until January to receive them. As picked up by 9to5Mac, Apple’s (AAPL) online stores in the U.S. and Canada show a January ship-time for the large-screened iMac. Apple announced on November 30th that the 27-inch iMac would ship in the next “3-4 weeks.” Obviously, if the new ship times are accurate, the high-end iMacs that start at $1,799 and includes a 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M GPU won’t arrive until the new year. 9to5Mac says shipments might not arrive until the end of January. It’s been reported that difficulties in the manufacturing process are to blame for the iMac’s delay.
In a lengthy interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company is making investments in an effort to move some Mac production back to the United States. “Next year we are going to bring some production to the U.S. on the Mac,” Cook told the magazine in an interview published on Thursday. “We’ve been working on this for a long time, and we were getting closer to it. It will happen in 2013. We’re really proud of it. We could have quickly maybe done just assembly, but it’s broader because we wanted to do something more substantial. So we’ll literally invest over $100 million. This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we’ll be working with people, and we’ll be investing our money.” The news comes just days after it was revealed that at least some late-2012 iMac models are being assembled in the U.S.
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.