Apple stops taking iMac orders, states all-new iMac line ‘will be announced and available in Septemb

From the online Apple Store:

Apple has stopped taking orders for the current iMac as we begin the transition from the current iMac line to an all-new iMac line which will be announced and available in September.

We planned to have our next generation iMac ready by the time the inventory of current iMacs runs out in the next few weeeks, but our planning was obviously less than perfect.

We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers.

“Apple Computer Inc. said on Thursday its next-generation iMac desktop computer will be delayed until September and that it has stopped taking orders for the current iMac,’ Reuters reports. “The delay means that Apple will miss the crucial back-to-school season for the new iMac. Apple earlier this week held its annual developer conference earlier this week and it often announces new products at the gathering… An Apple spokesman declined to comment beyond the statement issued by the maker of the Macintosh computer and iPod digital music players.”

“According recent reports from AppleInsider sources, Apple’s new iMac is currently undergoing pilot production runs at a Quanta facility, and has been for some time. AppleInsider has obtained a rough sketch of the new consumer desktop, but is still seeking confirmation of its accuracy,” AppleInsider reports.

“An Apple representative said the issue would not affect earnings for the third quarter, which ended Wednesday, but declined to comment on the effect for the current quarter, which runs from July through September,” Ina Fried reports for CNET.

See The Mother Ship’s announcement at The Apple Store online here.

[Thanks for MDN reader, Kevin K. for the heads-up.]

MacDailyNews Take: This is a weird one, folks. Not the usual product introduction by a long shot. We have to wait until September for it to be revealed? Two months of no iMac sales? Can this be right???

Related MacDailyNews article:
Apple CEO Steve Jobs hints at new iMac debut on August 31 at Apple Expo in Paris – June 30, 2004

69 Comments

  1. did it really miss the back-to-school season if it has pre-announced the delay? anyone interested will now hold off until September, and this even give Apple room to release them early! very interesting strategy. of course, they realized the problem with the back-to-school season, and used this real announcement to publicize the possibility of waiting for them. now, what about Paris? seems like Jobs is having fun with those keynotes these days.

    when was the last time Apple pre-announced a major product update like that?

  2. This must mean there are serious problems in the engineering of the new form of the imac. Apple must have know when their inventory was likely to run dry and expected to have the new model ready. Other wise they would have just speed-bumped the current imac a couple of months ago.

  3. Apple announced today that the all new iMac will go back to its origins as an affordable, all in one consumer PC. The specs announced were:

    Powerful PowerPC G3 processor
    64MB RAM
    6GB HDD
    ATI Rage IIc Graphics w/4MB
    15″ CRT
    Available in either Flower Power or Blue Dalmation

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  4. well, this must mean something radical. b is absolutely right. we can definitely expect something mind blowing in September. for now, the question is how to distinguish the iMac from the Powermac – not just processor wise, but everything. mindset, market, interface, upgradeability.

    very, very interesting. wow, how do we react to a product announcement.

    at least there are no pictures. that would be even worse of a torture!

  5. seems to me that if there were delay in shipping they would have at least introduced it on Monday. Gotta be something major like CPU bug or cooling. anything hardware bugs related that would have caused the delay. nothing of the sort of IBM unable to mass produce it would prevent Stevie J from at least demoing and get the hype machine started.

    either way, it is good that they announce it and are departing from their usual norm of secrecy.

  6. As a Head of IT in a school, it is the iBooks and eMacs that we go for. iMacs are great but too high a price to pay. This will have no impact on my $30000 spending.

    For me, I priced up a 20″ iMac and a G5 with 20″ screen and decided to spend the extra $700 (Ed Discount) and get a “proper” computer.

  7. I can wait – whatever the reason. I think that I can safely assume that Apple wants to be very sure that they have enough units to deliver and in righteous condition before shipping. Still, my curiosity is piqued. What the heck is goin’ on to cause the delay?

  8. iMacs are still available for order from the Oz Apple Store, so either we will continue to get the ol’ things until they just run out, or Oz Apple are behind in their web page editing!

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