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Cupertino hopes second times the charm with its graphical woes

Apple's fancy new 27-inch iMac has an attractive screen and decently powerful hardware incorporated into a sleek body.  Unfortunately, some customers' experiences with the computer have not been so “magical” thanks to a variety of problems including cracked screens, non-booting machines, yellowed screens, and graphical issues.

Apple already tried to address its graphical woes with a firmware update in December.  However, many users in the company's support forums reported that the update did not fix their machines' poor graphics performance.  Apple has since delayed shipments of the larger iMacs, perhaps to try to buy time.

Now Apple has released a second firmware update and is hoping the second time is the charm when it comes to graphics problems.  The new update is dubbed "27-inch iMac Display Firmware Update 1.0", not to be confused with the similar-sounding previous updated named "27-inch iMac Graphics Firmware Update 1.0".  Available here, the update is only 294 KB, and is available for any Apple operating system Mac OS X 10.6.2 or later (all the new iMacs ship with Snow Leopard, so its unlikely you'd find one with something else).

Apple has apologized for the shipping delays, saying that they were caused by the model being such a "huge hit".  The model was reportedly the best selling single desktop model of Q4 2009 (though PCs and PC brands of course outnumbered it overall).  The problems affecting a handful of the new computer's buyers have apparently done relatively little to harm the model's sales.

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By Inkjammer on 2/2/2010 1:57:16 PM , Rating: 5
Apple claims that the delays on the 27" iMac are merely due to it being so wildly popular... and in the same week, Steve Jobs says Macs only crash because of Adobe Flash.

If being popular can break a monitor and a web browser plug-in can crash an entire Mac then **** me, I don't want to know what happens when a REAL PROBLEM hits a Mac. Does it detonate? Unleash a virus that turns humans into drooling zombies? Cause does to spontaneously combust?

RE: Yeah...
By Inkjammer on 2/2/2010 1:58:06 PM , Rating: 3
Cause "dogs" to spontaneously combust, even. Sorry for my lack of proof reading. I'm on a Mac with Flash.

RE: Yeah...
By 3minence on 2/2/2010 2:44:54 PM , Rating: 5
Steve has a point about Adobe software causing problems, but to refuse to use flash because of it is retarded. I accept html5 is the way of the future, but it's not the future yet. Flash is the way of today and if I buy a product today I want it to work today.
Unleash a virus that turns humans into drooling zombies?

It does that already. They are called Mac Fanatics.

RE: Yeah...
By themaster08 on 2/3/2010 2:00:28 AM , Rating: 2
Apple claims that the delays on the 27" iMac are merely due to it being so wildly popular... and in the same week, Steve Jobs says Macs only crash because of Adobe Flash.

Now all we need is for Adobe to cut it's support for Mac on all of it's products.

I wonder who BlowJobs would pass the buck on to then? Microsoft Office?

RE: Yeah...
By themaster08 on 2/3/2010 2:19:17 AM , Rating: 3
Granted that if anyone would still actually use a Mac (at least for anything constructive) if Adobe cut support.

Great way to treat your platform developers, Jobs. Very encouraging indeed. This is why closed platform computing would never work on a mass scale.

I really can't see how Reader1 can make such absurd statements as "closed platform computing means more money, more jobs", not when platform owners discourage and deny Apps from developers. That's a loss of money and a loss of jobs! Developers and consumers would rebel and closed platform computing would cease to exist.

If this is how Apple are now, I would dread to see a world where Apple have a monopoly.

There's your closed platform, Reader1. A failure, just like every comment you've ever made on DT.

RE: Yeah...
By R3T4rd on 2/3/2010 6:14:36 AM , Rating: 1
Why do people take offense to "reader1"? ITS BEEN SAID MANY MANY TIMES BFORE!!!!! - EVERYONE knows "reader1" is a puppet account masterminded by either DT or someone, just to get a rise from you and article hits.

JUST IGNORE "reader1"....plain and simple.

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