We’ve already published our WTF of the week this week, but one report that ties Apple to the price of precious metals is definitely in the running for a close second. Money Morning’s Peter Krauth reports that “Apple is giving us some surprising indications that the demand for silver is much higher than its current price would have us believe.” Of course, there are plenty of factors that contribute to the price of silver at any given time, but Krauth believes that one of the first signs that demand is being misrepresented by price was the delay of the 27-inch iMac in January. Apple never said what caused the delay, but one popular rumor was that there was a shortage of industrial silver in China.
Apple’s (AAPL) new 27-inch iMacs are truly terrific all-in-one desktops, but the company has so far had trouble manufacturing enough of them to start shipping. But now BrightWire is citing a report in the China Times claiming that Apple and its supply chain partners late last year finally figured out how to get more consistent manufacturing yields on the 27-inch iMac and started mass producing the computer in December. What this means, says BrightWire, is that new iMac shipments will get a boost to start the new year and “are expected to remain stable through Q1 2013.”
Apple’s (AAPL) iMac has been the star of the all-in-one desktop category ever since it made its debut in 1998. Over the years, Apple has taken their usual strategy of refinement and churned out some of the best desktops in the world — forgetting the iMac G4. The iMac itself hasn’t changed too much since Apple settled on a size and shape. First it was white glossy plastic, then alunimum. But for the last while, you’d hardly be able to tell the difference between a new iMac and one from 2007. This year, however, Apple brought to market a brand new iMac, one with 5 milimeter thin bezels, an amazing laminated display which finally reduces all of the glare and reflections of the screen, and advancements in hard drive storage with the Fusion drive. Even Apple’s packaging has got smaller, lighter, and better. More →
If you’re just getting around to ordering your 21-inch iMac, don’t expect it to arrive in just one week. MacRumors points out that shipping time estimates for Apple’s (AAPL) 21-inch iMacs have increased to two to three weeks in many European online Apple stores. The 21-inch version of Apple’s newest super-slim desktop computer has typically shipped within seven to ten days of being ordered and has usually not experienced the kinds of delays that we’ve seen with the 27-inch iMac models that are likely to finally start shipping next month.
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 →