Apple's 27-inch iMac faces production issues

Apple's 27-inch iMacs seem to be facing a lot of issues. According to Apple's online store, the 27-inch iMac is expected to ship in 3-4 weeks, a long time compared to the 21.5-inch iMacs, which are available to ship in 7-10 business days. According to a report by DigiTimes, this is because LG Display is facing problems in the mass production of the 27-inch iMac. The problem seems to come from full lamination issues when producing the panels. While Apple is able to ship 300,000 to 400,000 units of the 21.5-inch iMac, it is only able to ship 100,000 units a month of the 27-inch iMac.

The latest iMacs were launched back in November. At an event in October, Apple unveiled the completely new iMac with a new design, improved display with reduced reflection, third generation Intel quad-core processors, NVIDIA graphics and a new storage option termed as Fusion Drive. Apple has stressed that the new iMac is the most advanced desktop Apple has ever made.

Much slimmer than the previous generation

Facing mass production issues thanks to the screen lamination

 

Redesigned from the inside out, the new iMac is built of an aluminium and glass enclosure with up to 40 percent less volume than its predecessor and an edge that measures 5mm. As per an official statement by the company, the new iMac also features a completely re-engineered display that reduces reflection by 75 percent while maintaining colour and contrast. In the new design, the cover glass is laminated to the LCD and an anti-reflective coating is applied using a plasma deposition process. Apple claims that every iMac display is individually calibrated using an advanced spectroradiometer.

The new iMac features third generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processors that can be upgraded to Core i7. According to the official statement by Apple, the NVIDIA GeForce processors found here deliver up to 60 percent faster performance needed for gaming and graphics intensive apps. Every new iMac now comes with standard 8GB of 1600 MHz memory and a 1TB hard drive. Customers can choose to configure their iMac with up to 32GB of memory and a new 3TB hard drive or 768GB of flash storage. With two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports, the new iMac offers further expandability and support for high-performance peripherals.

The 21.5-inch iMac is available with a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speed of up to 3.2GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M for a suggested retail price of Rs 85,900, and with a 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speed of up to 3.6GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M for a suggested retail price of Rs 99,900 including taxes (VAT).

The 27-inch iMac comes with a 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speed of up to 3.6GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M for a suggested retail price of Rs 122,900. Another variant of the 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speed of up to 3.6GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX is available for a suggested retail price of Rs 134,900.


Published Date: Jan 12, 2013 01:22 pm | Updated Date: Jan 12, 2013 01:22 pm