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Apple cutting back iMac stock ahead of update?

updated 02:00 pm EST, Fri January 30, 2009

Apple Cutting iMac Stock

Apple is reducing shipments of iMacs in what's likely a move to clear inventory ahead of an update, alleged sources tell AppleInsider. The contacts claim that Apple has notified third parties that the bulk of the line will see "limited availability" in the next few weeks and that the 3.06GHz model is likely to be entirely unavailable, both characteristic signs Apple has given in the past that it's clearing inventory to make room for newer models.

No mention is made of a likely timeframe for the switch to new models, nor are there indications of what the new models would bring.

Multiple indications have surfaced that Apple is nearing a significant revision of the system. The company itself in Mac OS X 10.5.6 included hardware strings referencing an NVIDIA-based platform for the system, while repeated reports have suggested Apple may use low-power desktop quad-core chips from Intel instead of the mobile dual-core chips that have been the base of iMacs since the Intel transition in early 2006.

Some reports have cast doubt on the timeframe, however, with reports of January launches since proving at least partly inaccurate while one analyst group has claimed the iMac is almost ready but yet that it's not certain whether the future iMacs would use dual- or quad-core processors.

by MacNN Staff



  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Get rid of the chin.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why, why why, why WHY?!?!?!

    WHY does Apple CONTINUE to ignore the Mac Mini and let it LANGUISH with outdated, antiquated parts? WHY!?!?!?!?!

    WHOEVER is in charge of Mac Mini developement (if there IS such a person), needs to be summarily FIRED, IMMEDIATELY.

    This is friggin' ridiculous already. No one in their right mind is going to pay $599 for outdated technology. And if they do, they are dumb............... and so is Apple for not updating the Mini.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Where

    WHOEVER is in charge of Mac Mini developement (if there IS such a person), needs to be summarily FIRED, IMMEDIATELY.

    Um, his name is Steve Jobs.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why update the Mini if sales are bad?
    Its typical for Apple to not update slow selling hardware, no need to lose money on hardware unless you can make extra on software or something els. No point in rushing low profit hardware updates.

    IMHO, the Mini needs to be Low powered and cheap or fast and midrange expensive, not something in-between like it is now.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Mini

    Maybe sales of the mini are bad BECAUSE it is so in need of an update...

    But I don't see Apple updating it much. They like their little product boxes. If they made the mini powerful, people might realize the AppleTV is underpowered or overpriced. Or they might decide to get the mini instead of the more expensive iMac.

    Its just like why they don't offer a 15/17" MacBook. Or why they don't offer a mid-size tower. There may be those who want a tower, but don't really need the size, heft, or power of a MacPro. But they end up buying a MacPro because its the only option. Offer a mid-size tower, and you lose sales of your large tower.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    very few care

    very few care about the mac mini.

    It is a good transition system from Windows, though, if you have a keyboard and a monitor and a mouse already.

    but for the most part, very few care.

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