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Apple Online Store Now Offering Refurbished Current-Generation 27-Inch iMac Models

Apple today began offering refurbished models of the current-generation 27-inch iMac for the first time, roughly four months after the models initially launched.

The two stock configurations of the 27-inch iMac are currently available at 15% discounts compared to brand-new units, with the low-end refurbished model priced at $1529 vs. $1799 new and the high-end refurbished model priced at $1699 vs. $1999 new. Several higher-priced custom configurations are also currently available as refurbished units, with all refurbished models listed as shipping in 1-3 business days.

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The addition of refurbished 27-inch models comes nearly two months after Apple began offering refurbished 21.5-inch models, with supplies having remained tight for a number of months due to issues related to the thinner design of the new iMac. Apple is using a new lamination process for the display to achieve a thinner and more vivid screen, and that process reportedly was resulting in low yields, particularly for the larger 27-inch models.

Availability of the new iMacs improved markedly in early March, with shipping estimates for new orders of all stock configurations improving to "within 24 hours" at that time.

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18 months ago

....I like Apple products but never buy them new because of the over pricing.


In reading posts from this person, I'm not sure why he/she takes so much time on an Apple site when almost every post has a negative comment about
Apple products. On the other hand, my Pops brother does the same thing about car sites. Just loves to sit at his computer and spout off about things he doesn't like. Pops says it keeps his "mind' busy. Never was able to find a wife...hmmm, so he's got lots of time to pick away.
Rating: 6 Votes
18 months ago

Who in their right mind would pay that kind of money for a Imac that is so overpriced and under powered? I understand Apple products are elegant and have good design but lets be real for a second here. Just my humble opinion. I guess the 27inch monitor would make it worth it for some people. Honestly. I like Apple products but never buy them new because of the over pricing.


Some of us work, that's a useful way to increase your purchasing power. Well I work too you say. In that case, maybe work a little harder or earn a degree or STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT APPLE'S PRICING POLICY WE ALL KNOW IT'S MORE EXPENSIVE THAN NORMAL GODDAMN WINDOWS MACHINES.
Rating: 6 Votes
18 months ago

Who in their right mind would pay that kind of money for a Imac that is so overpriced and under powered? I understand Apple products are elegant and have good design but lets be real for a second here. Just my humble opinion. I guess the 27inch monitor would make it worth it for some people. Honestly. I like Apple products but never buy them new because of the over pricing.


I am sure you're just a troll, but tell me again how these 27" iMacs are underpowered for the price?
Rating: 5 Votes
18 months ago

Nvidia 660M w/512mb for starters


How much do you think that card sells for?

Please build me a PC with the exact specs in that 27" all in one with a screen that is similar in quality for significantly cheaper.

Please include comprable:
CPU
CPU Cooler
GPU
RAM
HDD
Motherboard (must have USB 3, Thunderbolt or similar high capacity transfer ports, ethernet, SD, and firewire if you want to get technical)
Case (you can't get a similar one and you know an all in one chasis is gonna add $$$)
Power supply
Operating system
Monitor
Keyboard
Mouse
Speakers
I wouldn't normally say you need an audio card, but the sound on the new iMac is pretty great. It also outputs digital through mini toslink.

Throw in OS X, exceptional customer service and a nice aesthetic and I think you will find iMacs are probably one of fairest priced all in one computers out there.
Rating: 4 Votes
18 months ago
Bought a refurb RMBP and I'll never buy new again. 15% discount and i'm covered under the same warrantee as a new buyer=no brainer.
Rating: 3 Votes
18 months ago
Damn, that's a steal!
Rating: 3 Votes
18 months ago

I am sure you're just a troll, but tell me again how these 27" iMacs are underpowered for the price?


Nvidia 660M w/512mb for starters
Rating: 3 Votes
18 months ago

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Apple today began offering refurbished models (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/imac/27) of the current-generation 27-inch iMac for the first time, roughly four months after the models initially launched.

The two stock configurations of the 27-inch iMac are currently available at 15% discounts compared to brand-new units, with the low-end refurbished model priced at $1529 vs. $1799 new and the high-end refurbished model priced at $1699 vs. $1999 new. Several higher-priced custom configurations are also currently available as refurbished units, with all refurbished models listed as shipping in 1-3 business days.

Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/04/refurbished_imac_27_2012.jpg)
The addition of refurbished 27-inch models comes nearly two months after Apple began offering refurbished 21.5-inch models (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/15/apple-online-store-offering-refurbished-current-generation-21-imac-shipping-in-1-3-days/), with supplies having remained tight (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/23/apple-blames-low-mac-sales-on-imac-supply-constraints/) for a number of months due to issues related to the thinner design of the new iMac. Apple is using a new lamination process (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/10/yields-of-27-inch-imac-displays-expected-to-improve-next-month/) for the display to achieve a thinner and more vivid screen, and that process reportedly was resulting in low yields, particularly for the larger 27-inch models.

Availability of the new iMacs improved markedly in early March (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/05/imac-shipping-estimates-improve-to-within-24-hours-in-apples-north-american-online-stores/), with shipping estimates for new orders of all stock configurations improving to "within 24 hours" at that time.

Article Link: Apple Online Store Now Offering Refurbished Current-Generation 27-Inch iMac Models (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/08/apple-online-store-now-offering-refurbished-current-generation-27-inch-imac-models/)


Who in their right mind would pay that kind of money for a Imac that is so overpriced and under powered? I understand Apple products are elegant and have good design but lets be real for a second here. Just my humble opinion. I guess the 27inch monitor would make it worth it for some people. Honestly. I like Apple products but never buy them new because of the over pricing.
Rating: 3 Votes
18 months ago

I go to a coffee shop right next to an Apple store. Watching from the shops front window and observing people carrying iMac 27-inch boxes through the coffee shop, from the back parking lot, to the Apple store I have come to the conclusion that the 27-inch iMac has some reliability issues.

Seems like there are a lot of repairs being made.


Or maybe you just notice iMacs more because of the giant boxes people use to carry them. It's probably not as obvious when someone takes a MacBook Air in for repairs.
Rating: 2 Votes
18 months ago

The amount of users who need one are less than the amount of people who don't.

I doubt that. The iMac is a consumer PC and most of them have CDs/DVDs at home that they'd like to use with their computer.

They drive up the price for users who do not.

The price of an iMac is set by Apple. Hardware cost is only one factor of it and I doubt that the price for the optical drive significantly raises that.

They are loud.

Granted.

There are alternatives (USB, Cloud, Externals, etc).

Granted. Still, an AIO should be flexible in its use. Fact is, many many people prefer physical media over this DRM crap.

They have constantly moving parts that also generate a lot of heat within a small/thin enclosure.

You mean like the outdated disk drives that they build into their current iMacs, except for the ones that contain the way overpriced SSD ?

More moving parts mean more possibility of something breaking. Which means, to repair my simple and cheap optical disc drive, I would have to lug my ENTIRE computer to Apple to get it fixed. As well as be out of a computer for that amount of time.

That's the consequence of the AOI concept. The same applies to all other parts, especially to the screen, which will outdate at a much slower rate than the other internals. There are still many moving parts inside an iMac that can break.
Even worse, if you're afraid of breaking parts then an iMac which is practically non-repairable by the user should be avoided.

You can literally get an external for $20.

...but not for a machine at this price.

I don't critizize those who are happy with their iMacs, no way doing that. It's just that I don't like this "Apple does it and so it must be good attitude". The removal of the optical drive was pimarily an advantage for Apple, but not for the customer. The same applies to stupid ideas like non-upgradable RAM, mechanical harddisks (non-upgradable) and other stuff that is sacrificed for pure optical reasons.

I was waiting for the new iMacs for more than 8 months, but the package that they delivered just didn't cut it for me. For an AOI these days I expect...
* a 256GB SSD as the base configuration
* user-upgradable RAM and harddisk
* an optical drive
* all connectivity that I would ever need
* hassle-free target display mode so that I can use the screen with other devices

I don't care about the thinner case and while I see the technical advantages of Thunderbolt one must accept that it's more or less dead technology that's only used by Apple as a unique selling proposition for their overpriced (glossy, wtf) displays.
Rating: 1 Votes

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