The unfortunate tale you are about to read is a true story . Nobody wishes more than me that that wasn’t the case. It is the story about how one man, yours truly, purchased a defective iMac, and was betrayed, harassed, insulted, and bullied by a company he has been loyal to for many years as a result – all because of the actions of a single unpleasant Apple engineer.
A new report shows that Apple’s U.S. Mac sales grew 14% year-over-year in the January-February timeframe. While this is down from the 31% growth seen in January alone, it still displays solid numbers as Apple’s iMac supply shortages appear to be easing.
Apple’s ultra-thin new iMacs have faced their fair share of shortages and manufacturing delays, after seeing ship times of up to 5-6 weeks at the time of launch. Fortunately, it appears that Apple has finally caught up to demand.
Apple has introduced a new configuration option for its 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs, now offering a VESA mount adapter instead of the standard pedestal. THe $40 option must be configured at the time of purchase, and allows users to mounts their iMacs to walls or other vertical surfaces.
Apple quietly released a new, updated version of their 21.5-inch base-level iMac today, with a cheaper $1099 price tag ($200 less than the consumer base pricing). The machine is specifically targeted towards educational institutions, and uses a less expensive Intel Core i3 processor, and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip rather than the usual discrete GPU.
It appears that Apple is finally catching up with demand for their ultra-thin new iMacs, despite facing initial production issues and supply constraints for the devices. After recently updating their iMac ship times to 1-3 days, Apple has now improved their estimates once again to reflect 24-hour ship times in their North American online stores.
Overall, Mac sales outgrew the PC market for 26 consecutive quarters until December, but sales are expected to rebound in the current quarter.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene (No Relation to Herman) Munster has issued a new research report using data from research firm NPD that shows Apple’s U.S. Mac sales were up a considerable 31% year-over-year for January.
One great way to save money when buy Apple gear is to go the refurbished route. Unlike some companies refurb items, Apple refurbs are as good as new. But short of checking the Apple website every 10 minutes, how do you know when a refurbished model that you’ve been looking for is on sale? Meet RefurbMe.
Apple now has refurbished models of the current generation 21.5″ iMac available in its Online Store. The refurbished models can offer a tempting alternative to waiting several weeks for delivery of a new iMac.
A report today says that recent production problems with the 2012 iMac may have been largely solved, suggesting that supply constraints may soon be easing.
The iMac G4 will always be considered one of Apple’s most iconic designs, and were it not for it’s G4 processor, I’m sure many would be using it today. However Dremel Junkie, who’s done many Mac mods in the past, has hacked the iMac G4 and turned it into a modern Ivy Bridge Hackintosh running OS X 10.8.
In line with reports that manufacturing the new iMacs has been problematic for Apple, shipping estimates for the 21.5 inch model in the UK and France have now dropped to 2-3 weeks.
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says Apple will post positive results for the fourth quarter of 2012, with strong iOS device sales making up for iPad mini and iMac supply chain issues.
Apple has revised their custom order options for the entry-level 21.5 inch iMac, adding the ability to configure the entry-level 21.5-inch iMac with a 1TB Fusion Drive. Up to this point, users wanting a Fusion Drive in their 21.5-inch iMac…
A number of resellers are reporting “Out of Stock” for the Apple Thunderbolt Display, possibly indicating the 27-inch monitor may be about to be upgraded.