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Demand, and possibly quality issues, have caused Apple to delay shipments of the bestselling new 27-inch iMac (right) 3 weeks.  (Source: Apple)
Delay puts a damper on the best-selling desktop

The new Apple iMacs, released in October 2009 have been much maligned for quality control issues, including broken screens, failure to boot, graphical glitches, and, most recently, yellowed screens.  However, it's important to note that they've also been a terrific sales success story for Apple, topping desktop sales charts in Q4 2009.  Customers who haven't suffered problems have fallen in love with the improved hardware, seamless aluminum enclosure, and edge-to-edge glass design.

That said, Apple seems to be enduring more struggles with the popular model.  About a week ago, Apple had said that it was shipping iMacs within less than a week from the order time.  Now it says the delay on 27-inch units has been pushed to three weeks according to Apple Insider.  The 27-inch unit features a better GPU (ATI Radeon HD 4850) and offers the 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor as a customization option (these options are not available for the 21-inch unit.

Demand likely is playing a heavy factor.  Apple may also be trying to weed out "lemons" -- iMacs with screen yellowing that are reportedly quite abundant.  Apple in December pushed the delay window for 2 weeks, following reports of graphical issues, chiefly affecting the new 27-inch iMac.  Apple has released a patch to fix this problem, and since has been delivering on a quicker timeframe.

Those problems may actually be playing a role in the delay, in addition to the demand and yellowing issues.  Many users on the Apple's customer support forums [1] [2] say that the graphics patch did not fix their issues.

Apple is constantly trying innovative case designs and packing hardware in tight spaces, but recent issues with the MacBook Pros and iMac series have illustrated that quality issues can bedevil such unproven efforts.  Apple has not officially addressed these recent quality slippages on a whole, but its surely a major concern for the company, which has built a small, but significant market share based largely on a strong brand image.



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RE: Wow
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/26/2010 7:09:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, and its pulling ~75fps in another year old game, L4D. It'll bench similarly for TF2 or L4D2. It is also likely using a Core 2 processor and not an i7. It won't make a huge difference since games are all GPU limited these days, but the difference is still there.

As it stands, the card is more than enough to drive a desktop with multiple HD video windows running at once. 3D performance, given how gaming is a lower priority on Macs, is gravy as far as I'm concerned. If you want to game then you build an ATX desktop. I did, got an i7 860 with GTX 285 here. I'll bump up the GPU when I eventually get the upcoming NEC 27" to match the iMac next to it.

If you don't game, and the vast majority of users don't do hardcore 3D gaming on a PC, well doesn't, matter, you still can with this display. Check out 4850 benchmarks on Crysis at 2560x1600 and medium settings, it does surprisingly well at 30fps. Not as fast as my machine, but its not a big deal given that you can probably count the number of people with iMacs that will run Crysis on one hand.

Think USAGE. I use the iMac for my main desktop and Final Cut Studio HD. It handles both perfectly, everything is super smooth. To say that the GPU cannot handle the display for its intended use is retarded. Gaming performance is there but its gravy IMHO. Anyone gaming on an iMac is most likely going to play WoW or Sims 3, both of which will run great on that setup.

That said, it'll be awesome once 5000 series ATI GPUs are cool enough to get into all-in-one and notebook enclosures (well, notebooks that don't weigh 12lbs...)


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