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Shipping Estimates for 27-Inch Retina iMac Slip to 2 to 3 Weeks

Supplies of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display have been slowly dwindling ahead of the holidays, and as of this week, shipping estimates for both standard and custom configurations have slipped to two to three weeks.

At launch on October 16, shipping estimates were briefly at a day before slipping to 3 to 5 days, later moving to 7 to 10 days before slipping again on Monday.

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The base Retina iMac, with a 3.5GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB fusion drive, is in stock at many retail Apple Stores around the country and can be picked up same day, but when ordered from the online store, it carries the same two to three week shipping estimate as all custom configurations.

While Retina iMacs ordered from the online Apple Store may not arrive until December, some Apple resellers have available stock that will ship much earlier. Amazon, for example, has the base model in stock available with Amazon Prime shipping and a $50 discount.

MacMall has the base model in stock for immediate shipping, plus the site has several machines with various custom configurations on hand, which it says will ship in five to seven days. MacMall is also offering a discount of $50 on much of its stock.

Other stores like Best Buy and B&H Photo also have the base Retina iMac in stock and available to ship immediately.

Equipped with a 5120 x 2880 "5K" Retina screen, Apple's newest iMac has received largely positive reviews for its impressive display, and configured with a 4.0GHz processor and 32GB of RAM, the higher-end Retina iMac models are able to outperform the low-end Mac Pro.

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22 months ago

Mobile graphics card in a nearly $3k desktop computer...iMacs always make me LOL. New trend at Apple: looks over function, a contradiction to industrial design.


Mine is playing all my games and running FCP and Premiere juuuuuust fine. Not sure what you're whining about.
Rating: 23 Votes
22 months ago
Mobile graphics card in a nearly $3k desktop computer...iMacs always make me LOL. New trend at Apple: looks over function, a contradiction to industrial design.
Rating: 15 Votes
22 months ago

Mine is playing all my games and running FCP and Premiere juuuuuust fine. Not sure what you're whining about.


nevermind the troll... :cool:;)
Rating: 11 Votes
22 months ago

For windows users (whiner ones), it's not bout how things work together in a nice package. It's about how they look on a spec sheet.


Funny how people assume I'm on a botched up PC since I'm criticizing an apple product.
Rating: 10 Votes
22 months ago

Mobile graphics card in a nearly $3k desktop computer...iMacs always make me LOL. New trend at Apple: looks over function, a contradiction to industrial design.


meh...don't you have a windows 8 machine to go fix?:apple:
Rating: 9 Votes
22 months ago

Mobile graphics card in a nearly $3k desktop computer...iMacs always make me LOL. New trend at Apple: looks over function, a contradiction to industrial design.


You can buy the unreleased Dell 5K monitor (no computer) for nearly $3k. Or how about all the fake 4K TN panels?

Looks like the iMac 5k is a steal and is ahead by a generation. Enjoy your fake 4K.
Rating: 8 Votes
22 months ago

Mine is playing all my games and running FCP and Premiere juuuuuust fine. Not sure what you're whining about.


Angry birds HD edition and home-made videos of pet cat? Why don't you do some research on what actually R9 M295X is. Just the concept of a mobile graphics card pushing that many pixels is pathetic. Those crappy cards were a joke before retina iMacs, now it's a full on circus.
And Apple does it because they can. People will still buy those pretty looking iMacs with out-of-date components.

A Ferrari with a Prius engine - at least it moves. Whatever floats your boat.
Rating: 8 Votes
22 months ago

New trend at Apple: looks over function, a contradiction to industrial design.


Are you new around here?
Rating: 6 Votes
22 months ago

Mobile graphics card in a nearly $3k desktop computer...iMacs always make me LOL. New trend at Apple: looks over function, a contradiction to industrial design.


A fusion drive is just as shocking
Rating: 5 Votes
22 months ago

Mobile graphics card in a nearly $3k desktop computer...iMacs always make me LOL. New trend at Apple: looks over function, a contradiction to industrial design.


What's "mobile" graphics? What you refer to as "mobile" graphics, is just a graphics chip. Apple's definition of a graphics chip needs to draw less power, and it needs to be cooled with minimal (if any) moving parts, and it needs to perform well enough to do the things you need it to do in your product. Other OEMs don't share this philosophy.

Don't get caught up in all the man-made terminology.. "mobile cpu", "mobile graphics" are just legacy man-made terms from the past decade. Nothing about the chip makes it inherently "mobile".

What it really means is that the GPU has a more power-efficient design at the cost of peak performance. Performance is NOT everything. Otherwise, everyone would put Jet engines in their road cars. A product is a sum of all the parts working together harmoniously.

Disclaimer: I have a $4k version of this computer the OP is talking about and almost everything launches/loads instantaneously and the performance is delightful. What's sad is when you look at the Retina display, you CAN conceive of improving it. We need an 8K or 10K display to truly make my eyes think i'm looking through a window into the real world. But this retina iMac is the closest anyone has gotten to achieving that.
Rating: 4 Votes

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