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Super-Thin iMac May Be Delayed Months to 2013

By - Source: SlashGear | B 27 comments

Friction-stir welding technique causing manufacturing delays.

Construction difficulties could delay the release of Apple's 5mm-thin, all-in-one iMac system until early 2013.

The desktop's 'friction-stir welding' technique delivers the seamless edges to the new iMac. However, according to a commercial source, it's the sole reason that could be causing delays in the manufacturing process.

The insider states that Apple had scheduled a November 27 launch for the new 21-inch model, but has now been forced to delay it until the opening stages of 2013.

Previously used to assemble airplane wings, the friction-stir welding technique utilizes thousands of pounds of pressure and heat to fuse two pieces of aluminum together -- it's the first time the technology has been used for computer manufacturing.

Meanwhile, Apple has yet to adjust its launch schedule for forthcoming iMac models. The company's online store lists the 21.5-inch iMac for a November release, with the 27-inch model is still scheduled for a December debut.

 

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    stuart72 , November 19, 2012 3:25 PM
    5mm?? Seems incredibly thin for a 'real' x86 PC, or is it going to be a giant iPad with a keyboard and mouse?
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    friskiest , November 19, 2012 3:16 PM
    Uhmm,. I don't have own an iMac (or any AIO) but I've used one before,.

    I don't see the point of making it thinner on the sides when you'll use it facing the front 99% of the time,.

    Just keep the same dimensions,. cram in even faster hardware and better cooling,. a fully-pegged HDD on those enclosure could run cooler.
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    alvine , November 19, 2012 3:08 PM
    posted by no other than Zak
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    -Jackson , November 19, 2012 3:12 PM
    Super-Thin iCare will not undergo production.
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    friskiest , November 19, 2012 3:16 PM
    Uhmm,. I don't have own an iMac (or any AIO) but I've used one before,.

    I don't see the point of making it thinner on the sides when you'll use it facing the front 99% of the time,.

    Just keep the same dimensions,. cram in even faster hardware and better cooling,. a fully-pegged HDD on those enclosure could run cooler.
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    stuart72 , November 19, 2012 3:25 PM
    5mm?? Seems incredibly thin for a 'real' x86 PC, or is it going to be a giant iPad with a keyboard and mouse?
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    ushyperion , November 19, 2012 3:28 PM
    iDon't Care
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    tburns1 , November 19, 2012 3:30 PM
    Can't wait for the 'i' products to be so thin that they aren't even there. ;) 

    Seriously though, if they lower prices and stop being so pompous (i.e. the Steve-o legacy dies out), I might consider an 'i' product.

    Well ...on second thoughts, no ...probably not gonna happen.
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    wolley74 , November 19, 2012 3:33 PM
    if you look at the picture, the edge is 5mm, the back is same as it always was, just a thicker part with a curve
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    Pennanen , November 19, 2012 3:35 PM
    Wolley74if you look at the picture, the edge is 5mm, the back is same as it always was, just a thicker part with a curve

    And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how you feed your sheep.
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    blakbird24 , November 19, 2012 3:35 PM
    Seeing as an i3 + PCB is by itself more than 5mm in depth, either this will be ARM-based, or they will simply have the guts in the base instead of behind the screen.

    Or the 5mm is a marketing ploy (something like 5mm at it's thinnest point...etc).
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    nforce4max , November 19, 2012 4:06 PM
    Bad iDea considering it might not be serviceable at all and sure there will be plenty of people to buy it but in the long run buyer beware if it breaks or needs upgrades.
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    Anonymous , November 19, 2012 4:17 PM
    thin imac for what? zombies effect by apple virus still can't carry it around like I did with my zenbook anyway.
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    pacomac , November 19, 2012 4:19 PM
    As I've said before this guy does little more than pluck yesterday's stories from other sites. Apple has already dismissed these roumers and started shipping units to the distributors! Where do these made up stories come from?
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    kawininjazx , November 19, 2012 4:27 PM
    I don't see the point in a "super thing" AIO. I mean, it's on a desk and it's not going anywhere, throw in the $10 DVD/RW and call it a day.
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    nuvon , November 19, 2012 4:33 PM
    As always, negative and stupid comments from hardcore iHaters. If Samsung were the one to use this technology in their products, comments above will be completely different.
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    amdwilliam1985 , November 19, 2012 4:55 PM
    nuvonAs always, negative and stupid comments from hardcore iHaters. If Samsung were the one to use this technology in their products, comments above will be completely different.


    Trust me, if Samsung made these craps, we'll say similar things.
    You still don't get it do you? The world outside iOS and Mac OSX, CHOICE. When one OEM/company fails, we can always pick another one.

    For example, if Samsung fails in smart phone I can always go to Motorola(HTC just got lowered in my to-consider list after I hear the rumors about them dealing with devils).
    Another example, if Samsung try to BS us with thin computing, we'll just go with ASUS or HP/Dell.

    What do you got? if Apple fails(of course Apple can't fail, it's you, the stupid users that can/will failed), anyway, if Apple fails, you can go with... Lord Steve J to heaven/hell, where he'll take care you ;) 

    -posted by a former iLover, I had iphone 3gs, ipad 2 and 2011 13" MBA, NO MORE. my ethnics won't let me support the Arrogant Asshole Apple.
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    SneakySnake , November 19, 2012 5:20 PM
    blakbird24Seeing as an i3 + PCB is by itself more than 5mm in depth, either this will be ARM-based, or they will simply have the guts in the base instead of behind the screen. Or the 5mm is a marketing ploy (something like 5mm at it's thinnest point...etc).



    lol, so much speculation on a product that has been revealed in full. It definitely aint ARM.

    It's the standard Quad Core desktop i5 and i7's (top's out at 3770), and the top end GPU is the 680MX (overclocked 680M).
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    SneakySnake , November 19, 2012 5:22 PM
    amdwilliam1985Trust me, if Samsung made these craps, we'll say similar things.You still don't get it do you? The world outside iOS and Mac OSX, CHOICE. When one OEM/company fails, we can always pick another one.For example, if Samsung fails in smart phone I can always go to Motorola(HTC just got lowered in my to-consider list after I hear the rumors about them dealing with devils).Another example, if Samsung try to BS us with thin computing, we'll just go with ASUS or HP/Dell.What do you got? if Apple fails(of course Apple can't fail, it's you, the stupid users that can/will failed), anyway, if Apple fails, you can go with... Lord Steve J to heaven/hell, where he'll take care you -posted by a former iLover, I had iphone 3gs, ipad 2 and 2011 13" MBA, NO MORE. my ethnics won't let me support the Arrogant Asshole Apple.


    So much anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to the darkside. I fear this is why you have abandoned your great mother apple. I will pray for you.
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    wolley74 , November 19, 2012 5:44 PM
    PennanenAnd this, ladies and gentlemen, is how you feed your sheep.


    i'm saying it's not thinner -.-
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    benbass , November 19, 2012 5:53 PM
    People with critical thinking don't like Apple because of how they advertise: "it's thinner!" "it larger!" "it's smaller!" "nonono this one is the bigger size of the smaller devise from the regular size".
    There is no anger or anything, just look at how Apple advertise their new shinny iMac ("it's moar thin !1!"), and look at what it really is : http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcd658eHaP1qas7tbo1_500.jpg (yes, Apple takes their customer for retard).
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    web11 , November 19, 2012 8:52 PM
    Good luck repairing that piece of crap.
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