Some Top-of-the-Line i7 iMacs are Shipping Dead or With Broken Screens
November 24, 2009 12:45 PM
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Some of the new iMacs Apple shipped won't boot, while others have cracked screens.
"It Just Works" -- Apple, Inc.
Apple has certainly had its share of quality issues on its high-end OS-X-sporting notebooks and PCs. From
hard drive (SATA) issues
, Apple has been unable to remedy many of these issues despite repeated firmware updates and in some cases has left those affected to deal with the mess on their own. To add a bit of irony to such problems, Apple is infamous for its slogan "it just works", which it has used to poke fun at its "buggy" PC competitors.
Now those ordering the company's new iMacs are experiencing a wealth of new problems. Customers ordering the Intel Core i7
-powered machines are finding their Macintosh dream machines coming with a unsightly cracked screens [Source:
Apple Support Forums
]. Others are finding that their new unit simply won't boot. Among those with the latter problem are editors at
received a non-booting unit
for their review.
The bottom-left corner is almost unanimously the site of the screen cracking, so Apple may have a quality control issue with its shipping packaging, some have speculated. On Apple's support forums, a user "scopro" describes, "There's no apparent damage to the styrofoam or box so it looks like that's a weak spot in the screen and how they are being packed in the boxes. Hopefully Apple will improve their packaging for these larger iMacs as it may take until Dec. 7 for my replacement to arrive."
As the comment implied, Apple is shipping replacement units and hopefully most of these will arrive by Christmas -- considering that many are likely gifts. Unfortunately for those looking to get an i7 iMac, they have to take their chances and order online, as the 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 860 processor is offered as a $200 built-to-order option (total price is $2199) on the new 27" iMac, and thus is not available at Apple stores. A 2.66 GHz Core i5 750 27" iMac is also available online for $1999.
-- if they're not non-booting or otherwise marred -- pack some nice improvements. The most significant improvement is obviously the new Intel Core i7 processor, which sports 8 MB of L3 cache and an improved design. The new iMac also ships with a wireless keyboard and the new Magic Mouse. It can support up to 16 GB of memory. The new machines come with a large and attractive (if not cracked) 16:9 screen with a 2560x1440 pixel resolution. They also ship with Apple's new operating system, Snow Leopard, and are ready for Windows 7 (via Bootcamp) to help Mac owners get their gaming fix (for the small crowd of Mac owners that are also PC gamers).
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11/25/2009 4:30:44 PM
Last couple of times I have checked, Mercedes, BMW, Volvo... were never among top 10 in reliability polls. Those seats were pretty much reserved for likes of Toyota, Subaru, Lexus... maybe an odd European like VW.
One can argue that, with all extras, luxury cars have more things that can go wrong. True. But problem I have with Apples is - they don't have any extras relative to rest of the industry, they are just nice, custom bodyworks with standard Toyota engines, gearboxes, suspensions... sort of speak.
27" Mac has nice processing performance, but graphics are let-down for such a big screen. I doubt 4850 can run many (if any) recent 3D game in screen's native resolution. I consider that bad in any case, and even worst for that price. Add to that what seems to be very common - screen and boot problems...quite a disaster.
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