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Yields of 27-Inch iMac Displays Expected to Improve Next Month

Apple's 27-inch iMac continues to be in short supply, with Apple quoting 3-4 week shipping estimates for new online orders, compared to shorter but still substantial 7-10 day estimates for the smaller 21.5-inch models. Even before launch, the new iMac was projected to be in short supply into 2013, due in large part to issues with Apple's new display assembly process that includes laminating the display directly to the machine's cover glass.

Digitimes now reports that the display lamination issue is still a problem for Apple supplier LG Display, with the larger 27-inch panels seeing lower yields than the 21.5 inch displays.
LG Display has reportedly been facing full lamination issues while producing the panels, slowing down shipments of the 27-inch device to 100,000 units a month, added the sources.

LG Display, however, has secured strong yields for Apple's new 21.5-inch model, which currently has reached monthly shipments of 300,000-400,000 units, noted the sources.
The report does claim, however, that LG is moving toward better yields of the larger displays, with greater availability set to come next month. The improved yields should reduce what appears to be the main bottleneck in iMac production, thus leading to greater availability and shorter shipping estimates for new orders.

Apple's redesigned iMac is considerably thinner than its predecessor and contains 40% less volume, changes that have been enabled by a number of technological advancements such as the lamination to create thinner and more vibrant displays and the use of advanced welding techniques. Those advancements have not come without challenges, however, as seen with the displays holding back production on the larger iMac models.

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68 months ago
Or they could have made it only slightly thicker and avoided this problem. The race to make the thinnest things possible is ignorant especially in the desktop market.
Rating: 17 Votes
68 months ago

It's not just a race to the bottom in thickness.

The smaller and lighter an item is, the easier and cheaper it is to pack and transport. And with a smaller array of hardware to include (goodbye, CD), the power footprint is smaller too. It all ends up saving money for all involved.

I must have missed the memo about the iMac price drop...
Rating: 14 Votes
68 months ago
Hopefully with the supply of 27" displays improving, we'll soon see a 27" Thunderbolt monitor with this new display tech (and physical design), coupled with USB 3.0 ports.
Rating: 13 Votes
68 months ago

This is 2013, you'd think they would have figured out these amateur manufacturing supply/demand issues by now...

An iMac is a complicated piece of kit, especially the new ones. To call issues such as these "amateur," whatever you mean by that, is ludicrous.

I mean, this is 2013, you'd think ignorant people would have stopped disrupting forum discussions by now... :rolleyes:
Rating: 8 Votes
68 months ago

This is 2013, you'd think they would have figured out these amateur manufacturing supply/demand issues by now...

Amature? Amature? AMATURE? You obviously have no clue as to how far out on the bleeding edge of technology Apple operates.
Rating: 7 Votes
68 months ago
Well anyone that orders one will find it's worth the wait ;)
Rating: 6 Votes
68 months ago
How are these sales compared to last models sales? It seems in short supple not due to popularity but due to issues with LG's laminated display. Numbers would be good here.

Apple's redesigned iMac is considerably thinner than its predecessor and contains 40% less volume

I still can't believe Apple shrunk down the edges to make it "appear thinner". Removed ODD, same processors (speed wise, yes I know they're the new Intel class, but the general speeds across models has remained the same), 2.5" 5400 RPM HDD on 21" model, USB 3.0 and 32GB RAM max seem the only benefits. Honestly, this model seems a step backwards in hardware to give the appearance of a "thinner" iMac when it really isn't. Having worked behind the bar before the iPhone launch, iMac's are a PITA to diagnose/repair/disassemble. Using glue/tape instead of magnets to hold the glass/LCD in place is disappointing. I laughed when a former colleague of mine said Geniuses now have Elmer's in the back.

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Rating: 5 Votes
68 months ago
just "unboxed" mine

and trying out the new trackpad and USB superdrive

Couldn't be happier. It's a great machine
Rating: 5 Votes
68 months ago
I'm glad I pulled the trigger on day 1. I debated picking one from the local store here but I'm guessing I still wouldn't have one....
Rating: 4 Votes
68 months ago

In some cases it makes for more clutter, even if routing a bunch of cables can be annoying.

I don't see how it could ever be as bad as a tower. I cleaned out behind my desk just last week, and somehow...I dunno, I'm still trying to figure it out...all the speaker wires came together and formed this sorta giant cocoon-chamber-thing. It's was weird as hell and more than a little scary. I'm not ashamed to admit I was a little...


Long story short, I ended up getting lost for about 2-3 days. Found myself in this strange place, far, far larger on the inside than out, and filled to the brim with giant spiders. Even weirder, there were other people there, all caught in the giant web woven by the giant spiders. It was a hellish experience.

Here's a shot of it I took with my iPhone.

That's Aunt Gladys on the left. We haven't seen her in months. The family figured she finally went senile on us and died in a ditch somewhere upstate. Turns out we were only half right.

Fortunately, I was able to find a old rusty sword to defend myself with. After much hacking, slashing, and other things I'm not proud to admit to doing, I managed to not only get out, but clean the space behind my desk.

...and that's when I decided to get an iMac.
Rating: 3 Votes

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