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Apple Online Store Offering Refurbished Current-Generation 21" iMac, Shipping in 1-3 Days

Apple has added refurbished models of the current-generation 21.5" iMac to its Online Store in the past several days, offering a faster-shipping alternative to customers looking to get a desktop Mac.

New iMac models on the Apple Online Store list a lead time of several weeks to get delivered, while the refurbished models claim to ship in 1-3 days, with $200 and $230 discounts on the low- and high-end 21" models respectively.

Apple Retail Stores list mid-March as the earliest time to pick up new 21" iMacs ordered online, but claims to have both 21" models in stock [$1,299 and $1,494] and eligible for Amazon Prime shipping.

Ship times on the 21.5" iMac rose to 2-3 weeks back in January, and have not improved since then. Tim Cook mentioned on Apple's earnings call in January that the company would increase iMac supply this quarter, but may not get to supply/demand balance.

27" iMac models have yet to appear on the refurbished store, with the company reporting a 3-4 week lead time online and late March for in-store pickup. Amazon has the base 27" model in stock for $1,799.

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53 months ago
i.e. All returns from users that bought them and realised 5400rpm drives are, nowadays, total crap.
Rating: 37 Votes
53 months ago

i.e. All returns from users that bought them and realised 5400rpm drives are, nowadays, total crap.


Returns from users who thought the thinness would make an impact on their lives. :D
Rating: 31 Votes
53 months ago

i.e. All returns from users that bought them and realised 5400rpm drives are, nowadays, total crap.

I just love ridiculous posts like this. Gotta love MR for thinking they are Apple's only customers. :rolleyes:. Did it ever occur to anyone here that the majority of Apple's customers, maybe, just maybe, are normal everyday people that aren't geeks, they don't give a rats butt about a 5400rpm drive or the GPU, or the SSD vs. the Fusion drive or the fact that screen is molded together? PUULLEESE! Get over yourselves. Maybe these people decided to upgrade to the 27". Oh yeah, that's a thought? :p. I'll bet more people that don't frequent here telling of all their returns/exchanges are getting work done on their iMacs. ;)
Rating: 27 Votes
53 months ago
No welded Macs for me...

Weld this!

Since they started welding things shut, I won't be buying another iMac.
Rating: 18 Votes
53 months ago
Adopters are not impressed I see.
Rating: 14 Votes
53 months ago

Obviously the jump from 5400rpm to SSD is huge but is the jump from 5400 to 7200 that big? I've always used a 5400rpm drive but maybe I've been missing out.

Depends on the drive, but for Apple not to be offering Fusion Drive from the get-go is a complete d*bag move whatever way you look at it.
Rating: 11 Votes
53 months ago
For a product with such hype, a total bomb in the end.
Rating: 8 Votes
53 months ago
People realized that a desktop being "thinner and lighter" only mattered when they first took it out of the box.
Rating: 7 Votes
53 months ago

A big part of the Apple computer experience is NOT getting caught up in specification figures that are really meaningless in real world applications. That's what Windows machine users do, argue about specs.

If that were the case I'd be typing this on a 2012 Mac Mini right now. But I couldn't buy one b/c it only has Intel graphics. I've been using Macs since 1988. To me the "experience" is not having an interface that gets in the way of my work. But in order to have a good experience my machines need to be able to keep up with software demands. So it's silly to say specs don't matter as a blanket statement.
Rating: 5 Votes
53 months ago

Can you name some real world applications in which specification figures are really meaningless?

Why people buy Mac Pro :confused:

Exactly. Mac Pros are so useful. Need more hard drive space? No problem. Want Blu-ray? Easy to install. Have a need for lots of RAM? MP has you covered. Want to use a really good monitor? Ditto.

A Mac Pro is what can be referred to as "a real desktop computer". Most people do not need that kind of machine but for those who do the Mac Pro is Apple's only choice right now.
Rating: 5 Votes

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