updated 01:00 pm EST, Wed December 19, 2007
iMac issues persist
Apple Support has locked a discussion thread about newly purchased iMacs exhibiting symptoms of problematic displays in what Tom's Hardware is calling an act of censorship. The topic, titled 'Bought new iMac 20" Faded Screen,' began on August 7th -- the first day the new iMacs went on sale -- and quickly became the primary place for new iMac owners to discuss their troubles of 20-inch and some 24-inch iMacs. The discussion saw a slew of traffic in its early stages, which later soared to an average of 429 hits per day until Apple locked the topic to prevent further posts, according to the report. [updated for clarity]
From August 7th to November 18th the thread accrued more than 15,000 hits for an average of roughly 158 hits per day. That number rocketed up to 9,000 hits in just 21 days before Apple closed the thread.
More puzzling perhaps is the fact that new posts about the gradient color issue in iMacs are disappearing, according to Tom's Hardware, with error messages taking their places in the forums. Apple has yet to reply to any of the posts regarding the issue in its Intel-based iMac Display support forum.