Apple warns of short-term iMac shortages, possible refresh imminent

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Apple has been warning companies of a short-term iMac shortage and alerts retailers there will be no further stock of the entry level 21.5-inch 3.06Ghz iMac, according to Appleinsider. Apple is advising retailers to sell through their current stock of iMacs, which could mean an iMac refresh is coming.

This is a very familiar move by Apple to sell out existing stock of an item, and announce and release a new product with a little as a day notice of a new product. Apple performs these moves so customers won't hold off on purchasing their out-dated products for this years model. The usual procedure for such events is for Apple to announce a press release date, and moments before Steve Jobs takes the stage, the Apple Store temporarily goes down.

There is some speculation on what we could possibly be seeing in the coming weeks from Apple and their new lineup of iMac. According to sources close to the situation said Apple might be planning on releasing a line-up of iMacs with Intel dual-core Core i5 and i7 processors, as well as quad-core Core i5 and i7 models. There is also rumors Apple might be planning on releasing Intel's Core i3 processor, near the more affordable price-point for consumers.

Others speculate Apple might be releasing these all-in-one iMac machines with USB 3.0 support. Although USB 3.0 supported hardware is still relatively new, Apple releasing more innovative iMacs wouldn't be all that surprising.

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They just seem to refresh so often, to keep up with it you'd have to be a millionaire.

Then, like I said... the fact that they try and hide their intentions from potential customers is very low.

Phixion said,
They just seem to refresh so often, to keep up with it you'd have to be a millionaire.

Then, like I said... the fact that they try and hide their intentions from potential customers is very low.


9 months is not a very long refresh time, nor is it very short. No one is asking you to keep up with it every time. I'm not familiar with what they are upgrading with (as i have no need of a Mac or a PC in general for a while so Im out of the loop) but it seems to me is something that is to be expected.

And as a computer buyer, one thing that you must understand that at most 1 year on, your hardware will be outdated. And just because Apple keep it secret or a bit quiet, they are low. I'm sure plenty other companies have a hush hush refresh too, but no one gets on them because quite simply they are not Apple.

Phixion said,
They just seem to refresh so often, to keep up with it you'd have to be a millionaire.

Then, like I said... the fact that they try and hide their intentions from potential customers is very low.


Isn't there an Apple program where you can pay so much/year and they will always send you the latest model and swap out your old ? I know it used to hold true for the Mac Pro's, though I'm not sure about the iMac's..

Yet another refresh... seems to happen way too often.

For a company that refreshes so often I think it's kinda low to hide it's intentions to it's loyal fanbase, I'd be more than a lil' pee'd off if I'd bought an outdated iMac. Then again... Apple stuff is always outdated unless you're loaded!

Every computer has their ups and downs but to swear by either is simply retarded. I know people with macbooks and their battery life is just as crappy as any other laptop i've seen.

OSX performs amazing on the hardware it's shipped with, so whats the problem? it's a different product so why is it always being compared to higher spec windows laptops? i have the entry i5 macbook and have not hit a bottle neck yet, i run games, logic studio, photoshop. I've found any lagging has been software related, eg. office 2010 beta 4. This also applies to my iMac 3.06ghz core duo.

i work with laptops from all price ranges, £300-900 and non of them come close to the macbook, infact ever since i switched to the macbook for all my work, every other laptop looks like a chunky bit of plastic..

the design, battery life, screen (although comparable), trackpad, performance, software, it's silent, software-hardware integration is much better than you can get from a windows laptop. the only notebook that comes close is the HP ENVY but it looks like a cheaper copy of the macbook.

the only issue i have had is 2 USB ports, i need to use a hub when recording music because the macbook doesn't accomodate my audio interface, mouse and midi keyboard...easily fixed with a bluetooth mouse, a bluray drive wouldn't go a miss either.

although a little over priced, you get what you pay for at the end of the day and the macbook is an amazing product at what it is, it's as simple as that. Support is better and more hands on.

the same applies to the imac, i'm sure the refreshes will step them up even further. I've always been a big windows fan so this is unbiased.

It's funny how people are saying Apple computers are better than any other computers when in fact they all are PCs. What makes Apple Intel iCore7 better than let's say Sony Intel iCore7? The components are the same. The only difference between them is the operating system. By the way, I find Lenovo laptop way better than Mac Book Pro in terms of price/performance and price/quality.

java2beans said,
It's funny how people are saying Apple computers are better than any other computers when in fact they all are PCs. What makes Apple Intel iCore7 better than let's say Sony Intel iCore7? The components are the same. The only difference between them is the operating system. By the way, I find Lenovo laptop way better than Mac Book Pro in terms of price/performance and price/quality.

Battery life.

sexypeperodri said,

Battery life.

Battery life is ALL is OSX being super optimized for it's parts. Asus has quite a few 8+hr laptops, so does Acer They both use better dedicated GPU's then Apple does too. Windows on a MacBooks battery life is terrible, not because of Windows but because Apple implemented the dual GPU in a way that makes Windows not able to do it unless Apple codes an app for it. It doesn't use Optimus like a logical(every other) company would have.

I love my MacBook, but aside from the ability to run OS X I don't see it as any different from any other laptop on the market. Even inferior to some at the same price point.

($999 Sony laptop would have given me a bluray drive, 500GB HDD, 512MB 330m vid card, and 1600x900 14in LCD - I paid over $2,300 for same HDD, slower vid card (256MB), more ram, no bluray and comparable LCD) If I didn't need OS X for my job I would have bought the Sony, or the new HP ENVY14. (LOVE the Radiance display)

java2beans said,
It's funny how people are saying Apple computers are better than any other computers when in fact they all are PCs. What makes Apple Intel iCore7 better than let's say Sony Intel iCore7? The components are the same. The only difference between them is the operating system. By the way, I find Lenovo laptop way better than Mac Book Pro in terms of price/performance and price/quality.

Mm Mac envy lol just kidding its all about preference just like picking out a car. Same parts,different style and mechanics(os)

java2beans said,
It's funny how people are saying Apple computers are better than any other computers when in fact they all are PCs. What makes Apple Intel iCore7 better than let's say Sony Intel iCore7? The components are the same. The only difference between them is the operating system. By the way, I find Lenovo laptop way better than Mac Book Pro in terms of price/performance and price/quality.

Better design ? Better customer care ? Better looking and safer (practically at least) OS ?

kInG aLeXo said,

Better design ? Better customer care ? Better looking and safer (practically at least) OS ?

Preference, no and no. It all depends on preference imo.

kInG aLeXo said,

Better design ? Better customer care ? Better looking and safer (practically at least) OS ?

Design and looks are subjective.

Customer Care, well that depends. I have a dell with the usual warranty and house call, only difference is I bought it using my non-existent business. So if something goes wrong, I just phone up their customer service (which for business customers is located in America), tell them whats wrong (no silly questions asked) and the next day someone comes over to replace the part. I've had an almost an entire computer replaced (pretty much everything but the GPU and CPU), because my younger brother pulled on the wire and my laptop fell to the ground while it was on.

kInG aLeXo said,

Better design ? Better customer care ? Better looking and safer (practically at least) OS ?

I'm sure the businesses and people that've had their macbooks go on fire must be thinking the exact same thing.
And the fact I can put a specially-crafted USB key in your mac and it'll install malware without you ever knowing and automatically run it as root just makes it the best target for local-computer exploits.