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.
If you’re among the disappointed users who bought a new 2012 iMac with a 3TB Fusion Drive, only to discover that you could not use Boot Camp on your $2000+ piece of equipment, there’s good news for you! The folks at Twocanoes have devised a workaround to trick your Mac into installing Windows via Boot Camp anyway!
According to a message received from Apple representative Laura Metz, the new iMacs do not support VESA mounting of any kind, making it impossible to use them with wall mounts, articulating arms, or other mounting solutions.
The first round of orders for Apple’s elusive 27-inch iMac began arriving to customers about a week ago, and for the most part, people seem to be thrilled with its design and performance – unless they want to use Boot Camp to run Windows!
Apple has released a new update for it’s most recent Macs, fixing an issue that caused issues with 5GHz wireless networks on affected Macs. The update requires OS X 10.8.2 in order to be applied.