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  • iMac Shortages Suspected Ahead of Looming Refresh



    Product shortages and Apple go hand in hand. Given this dynamic duo it should come as no surprise that there are reports of potential short-term iMac shortages in the days to come. According to sources cited by Apple Insider, Apple has already started notifying both its direct and indirect sales channels about the likely product shortfalls. Apple is intentionally diminishing the older inventories to make room for new models, which may be rolled out before the end of summer.

    Those in the know report that Apple has halted production of the entry level 21.5-inch, 3.06GHz iMac. Coinciding with this news are similar stories of Apple's stateside reseller channels getting word from Apple that they should work to sell as much of their current inventory as possible in order to have adequate stocking capacity for whatever is to come.

    In recent years, whenever rumblings begin about inventory depletion and intentional drawbacks, it usually isn't long before Apple introduces a new or revamped product. In this case, an iMac refresh could possibly serve up a dual-core Core i5 model, quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 configurations.
    There is also rampant talk of the new iMacs being the first to sport Intel's Core i3 processor at "the low-end." All told, there is no shortage of bells and whistles (like the USB 3.0 specification) that could pop up in the iMacs. Long overdue and with many potential upgrade components readily accessible, the iMac refresh could be very interesting and an instantly hot commodity.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iMac Shortages Suspected Ahead of Looming Refresh started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. DaMan05's Avatar
      DaMan05 -
      All I want is Core i5's in the 13" MBP before school starts. Or else I'm gonna have to go with a Windows laptop. Cause I'm not getting a new laptop that has a generation old processor...
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Blue ray? Prob never gonna happen with the rumor of Apples new HD format. (First)
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      I wish that Apple wouldn't cripple iMacs with crappy mobile GPUs and mobile CPUs. Completely kills the desire for one of these machines, cause I'm not buying a way overpriced Mac pro.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eagleye View Post
      Blue ray? Prob never gonna happen with the rumor of Apples new HD format. (First)
      Yeah Apple said they want to keep things digital because its the future of entertainment to them lol. They are probably right but I really like having the actual thing thats why I kept my PSP 3000 instead of getting the PSP GO
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      Yeah Apple said they want to keep things digital because its the future of entertainment to them lol. They are probably right but I really like having the actual thing thats why I kept my PSP 3000 instead of getting the PSP GO
      Agreed. There is still something nice about having something physical to hold after you purchase it. And dare I say... I still get some satisfaction of brick-and-mortar stores every now and then. (dont tell anyone )
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Whats next iPhone 3D? Mac book pro 3D?
    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      Well this is welcomed news to me since I came close to purchasing an iMac not to long ago. When they upgrade them I'll pull the trigger on getting one. Just as long as they don't (which I'm sure apple will thou) upgrade the Macbook Pro's anytime soon since I just bought mine less than 2 weeks ago....
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      All I want is a refresh on the MBP's. i5 cores, with 4 gig ram, and 250gb hard drive, and I'm set to go for college. The core duo's have been around for too long, and i5 and i7's are really fast. Don't know much about em tho lol, except they are fast.
    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      Quote Originally Posted by piston597 View Post
      All I want is a refresh on the MBP's. i5 cores, with 4 gig ram, and 250gb hard drive, and I'm set to go for college. The core duo's have been around for too long, and i5 and i7's are really fast. Don't know much about em tho lol, except they are fast.
      Yea the Core duo's have been out for a minute. My Dell Inspiron I bought in June 2009 has one in there and my MBP i just got has one as well. I know the i5 and i7's are new but how fast are they Ghz wise? I've only seen commercials for them but haven't seen anything about their performance ....
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Apple is still buying Mac computer.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      Sounds good. It sucks that apple holds out on things like blu-ray or hdmi. I wonder what they'll adding now.
    1. cjgonzales1900's Avatar
      cjgonzales1900 -
      Maybe HDMI in this one because they did add it to the Mac Mini.
    1. evasivenotraKcs's Avatar
      evasivenotraKcs -
      The i7s come in 3.06, 2.93, and 2.66 ghz. The excitement comes from the 8 processing threads and three channels of 1066 ddr3
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I love my 27in i5. Wish I could have got the i7 but they don't have them in the stores only online. I don't like waiting for shipping stuff if I can get them at a store nearby.


      Wonder what they will bring to the new models. Maybe some graphics now they have Steam/Valve to help push little more gaming.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Right in time for the holidays to come.
    1. monadzback's Avatar
      monadzback -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eagleye View Post
      Blue ray? Prob never gonna happen with the rumor of Apples new HD format. (First)
      You are the first douche though
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      No not the right time I'm just getting my iMac for college if they update it at the end of September I'm gonna be a little testy, vie wanted the i5 or i7 in the iMac since it came to the MB Pro