Report: Quanta to supply 800,000 iMacs per month to Apple in 1Q09

“The Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) has cited sources inside the component supply chain as saying that Apple plans to launch a new iMac all-in-one PC in the first quarter of next year, and the company’s sole manufacturing partner, Quanta Computer, is gearing up to supply monthly shipments of around 800,000 units during the first quarter of 2009,” Joseph Tsai reports for DIGITIMES.

Tsai reports, “According to the paper, the new iMac will start shipping in January next year.”

Full article here.


  1. $999 iMac and a $299 mini would stimulate the economy and consumer spending, but dent Apple’s gross margins. Tough pricing decision, because when the economy goes back up, Apples price point can’t. People would scream foul. I would just drop the mini price, as the add ons really add up anyways towards the iMac, unless you need a server.

  2. @greggario

    You seem quite confused by the difference between microeconomics and macroeconomics.

    Apple launching an updated iMac does not “stimulate the economy”. It only stimulates Apple’s and Quanta’s sales. It may stimulate the economy in the town in China where Quanta’s factory is, but that’s about it.

    As to the price, Apple should have the room in their margin to support those prices as component costs are dropping fast with demand declines.

  3. Apple is hoping that thru Al Gore (on the board at Apple) and his connection to Obama that the new iMac’s will become standard school fare across the country. (Al Gore has Obama’s ear BIG TIME!)

    So before January I would be buying Apple on the way down and wait for the new machines/Obama announcement.

    That $1 trillion has to go somewhere and the leftist leaning Apple stands to get a lot of it. Provided these new machines are reasonably priced.

    You’ll see.

    Now thank me for a excellent stock tip.

    Your welcome.

  4. @MacFinch:

    From your lips to God’s ears.

    Obama: “By Executive Order, my first act as President of the (not red states or blue states but) United States of America is to decree Macs and ONLY Macs in every school, K-12. From rural outback to inner city ghetto to vanilla suburbs everywhere, our children will be competitive globally with anyone. By the 5th grade, all kids will be the acknowledged tech gurus in their households.

    Oh, and Steve Jobs, I want the first 25th Anniversary Edition Mac off the assembly line on my desk in the Oval Office pronto. I need to be able to iChat with Medvedev in Russia and the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia (on the VPN network, of course!).

    So saith Obama.”

    One can dream.

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  5. Although it would be nice to see the White House go Mac, the fact that virtually everything Apple is sourced in China is a problem. Were Apple’s suppliers to take over some of those shuttered Dell plants, earning their product a coveted “Assembled in USA” label, they’d be better placed to bid for government contracts. Besides, lots of folks here could use the jobs.

  6. That’s about 8888 computers per day.

    To the Chinese, that’s extremely auspicious. The number 8 is considered lucky by the Chinese. That’s why the Beijing Olympics officially opened at 8:08 AM, 8/8/08.

  7. unfortunately theses numbers are ridiculous. that would mean apple hopes to sell 2.400.000 imacs in q1 ALONE + mac minis + macbooks + pro macs. last year they sold 2.3 million macs in this quarter and i doubt that in these times they will sell more let alone 2.4 million imacs. 800.000 for the whole quarter makes more sense + 500.000 minis + 100.000 pro macs + 1 million laptops and you still have an impressive quarterly number of 2,4 million macs.

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