Reviews and Problems with Apple The new iMac 27" (2012-) / ME088 / ME089
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Quality issues with 27 imac LCD screen
20 August 2013
Summary: I purchased this computer 16 months ago. A few weeks ago the screen started to flicker and now has developed a gray circle which covers half the screen. I called Apple support and was told to bring the imac to the Apple store for more trouble shooting. The Apple tech said the full LCD will need to be replaced and the part costs over $500 + labor. Warranty is only 12 months. Since, I have discovered this is a known issue with the 27 inch imac.
Summary: The speakers are smaller and less powerful than they once were and upgrading the system's RAM is no longer possible. Apple also switched the hard drives over from desktop-sized 3.5-inch drives to laptop-sized 2.5-inch ones and switched the default hard drive in the machine from a 7200RPM to a 5400RPM drive. The disc drive is another feature dropped in favor of thinness....? The drastic decrease in weight by eight pounds is also a strange business model for desktops.
Summary: Am I the only Apple customer annoyed and insulted by Apple's decision (amongst other things) not to include a CD / DVD drive on the new iMac? It is a desktop computer. What does it matter if it is thinner than the previous iMac? Who cares if it's "5mm thin"? It is a classic example of form over function. So long as it is thinner than the stand it sits on it makes no practical difference if it is thinner than before.
Summary: I am a fairly big Apple fan I really enjoy their phones, tablets, laptops, iPods, etc but their desktop line just isn't up to snuff. Each desktop has a major short coming. The MacPro is wildly out of date not containing modern specs and is enormous. I would love to have a box that is 50% to 75% of the current size as I don't use many of the specs it has two optical drives, two processors (which total up to twelve processor cores!
Gets really, really hot not a whole lot of functionality.
Deimos ".", Amazon
26 June 2012
Summary: The design of this unit is a good thing in theroy but the amoung of heat this thing generates performing general tasks etc is a little troublesome. Plus if you want to even get the functionality out of this hardware in this machine you need windows to do so. OSX limits everything you can do to the point of accepting lower expectations/functionality due to Apple deciding what programs/apps you need or are allowed to use.
Lost several HDD's on these (they have a HDD recall)
Trevor C. Morgan, Amazon
20 June 2012
Summary: I work for a company that has maybe 20-25 of these. Half of them have had to have their hard drives replaced. They were ranging between 2-6 months old when the hard drive would crash. We have had some RAM sticks go bad in some of them as well. I checked the replacement program for their Seagate hard drives and none of the ones we have in my company were included in the recall. We are no longer going to buy these. They are no better than a PC.
Summary: This is not a inexpensive computer. It was a Bday present for our son. We connected it and it wouldn't start. DEAD on ARRIVAL. We now have to go to the Apple Store. I wasn't expecting this problem.
Would be nice IF IT WORKED!!! 2 for 2 bad SuperDrives.
Michael L. Burdick "amazon foo", Amazon
18 March 2012
Summary: I purchased one last week and had to return it for a bad SuperDrive. They gave me another new one and I returned it the next day for the SAME PROBLEM! That was a sign that the SuperDrives are no good. It may work for a while but you will be dishing out big bucks and wasting your time returning it for repairs later. Looks nice and would be a good computer IF IT WORKED!
Apple Has No Quality Control and Horrible Customer Service-Do Not Buy An Apple Computer
College Professor, Amazon
23 February 2012
Summary: We Americans thought Apple built quality products. No More. Having spent $4000 on brand new Apple Computers, Apple does not even stand behind them. My daughter several years ago spent $1800 on a new Apple laptop. Despite 20 telephone calls and repair visits to Apple support, they would not even replace a completely non-functioning computer. I assumed after the years passed with my daughter's terrible experience, Apple improved its products. I was wrong.