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iMac owners may finally have a solution to their graphics woes.  (Source: Apple Support Forums)
Apple is working to try to improve the quality of its offerings

While Apple has suffered from a plethora of quality control issues, from cracked iMacs to overheating iPhones, those problems have done little to slow the company's sales momentum.  With the launch of revised iMacs in October, the company has seen brisk sales on the desktops.  In fact, the iMac 27" was the top-selling U.S. desktop in October.

Despite that success, Apple has been inundated with customer complaints.  From the aforementioned cracked monitors (apparently due to poor packaging and/or shipping problems) to flickering screens, the pricey but chic computers came with some major issues, in some cases.  Apple has now moved to remedy the latter problem and shore up its deteriorating quality image.

The company released 683 KB update designed to fix the flickering issues on iMacs with the ATI Radeon HD 4670 and 4850 graphics cards.  The update is entitled "27-inch iMac Graphics Firmware Update 1.0" and is available for machines running OS X version 10.6.2 or later.  You can find it, direct from Apple here.

Apple warns customers not to restart their computers during the update.  Apple says that could result in the computer failing to start.

Customers ordering their iMacs for the holidays were disappointed when shipments were delayed past the holiday season.  Apple claimed this was due to the high demand and refused to address speculation that it was also due to the graphical problems on the machines.  The company's spokesperson stated, "The new iMac has been a huge hit and we are working hard to fulfill orders as quickly as possible.  We apologize for any inconvenience or delay in delivery this may cause our customers."

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They're good for redneck rampages also.
By 67STANG on 12/22/2009 11:55:55 AM , Rating: 4
About 8 years ago, I got a job at this company as their web designer. The computer they had for me to do design/development on: an iMac. After bitching about it for about an hour they promptly procured a real computer for me.

I paid them $40 three months later to allow me to pull the iMac out of storage and run over it with my truck in the parking lot. It was glorious.

RE: They're good for redneck rampages also.
By daemonios on 12/22/2009 12:02:49 PM , Rating: 2
LOL! That's hilarious, although I don't endorse that particular way of disposing waste :)

On another note, from the Apple patch release notes: "Do not disturb or shut off the power on your iMac during this update."

Do not disturb? Why, it might sulk if you complain to it that the update is taking too freaking long?

RE: They're good for redneck rampages also.
By monomer on 12/22/2009 2:12:35 PM , Rating: 2
Do not disturb? Why, it might sulk if you complain to it that the update is taking too freaking long?

Eheh, reminds me of the old SNL commercial:

"Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball."

RE: They're good for redneck rampages also.
By Maharajamd on 12/22/09, Rating: -1
By Motoman on 12/22/2009 1:42:58 PM , Rating: 4
I would approve of that action, as well as any similar action taken with Bose and/or Monster Cable products.

RE: They're good for redneck rampages also.
By theslug on 12/22/2009 2:02:41 PM , Rating: 2
Excuse me? What does that have to do with being American?

I'm American and I don't agree with that sort of destruction of a working product. I'm the person you'll find that always says these sorts of things should be properly recycled.

By Motoman on 12/22/2009 2:04:50 PM , Rating: 2
Who says they didn't drop off the crushed remains at a technology recycling facility?

Just pointing that out.

By seamonkey79 on 12/23/2009 5:42:25 PM , Rating: 1
...perfectly working... Mac...

something's not right here...

By KoolAidMan1 on 12/23/2009 12:36:01 AM , Rating: 2
I can endorse this for an 8 year old iMac. Ever since the Intel transition, no way, especially with the new 27" models. The 27" display by itself would be a steal at $1500, considering that Dell's closest specced 30" is $1700. That the 27" iMac starts at $1700 with a fast computer built in is kind of insane.

But yeah, run over those crummy old lamp shaped iMacs if you want to be wasteful, whatever. :)

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