Apple support page also listed unannounced ‘iMac (27-inch, Mid 2014)’

“The same Bootcamp support page that either reveals an upcoming Mac mini refresh or a misprint also listed an iMac 27-inch mid-2014′ model before the page was updated – spotted by French site Consomac,” Ben Lovejoy reports.

“The model was listed above the 21.5-inch mid-2014 iMac released last month,” Lovejoy reports. “That model was a low-end one, with a 1.4GHz dual-core i5 processor and 500GB hard drive.”

Lovejoy reports, “That might suggest a new entry-level 27-inch iMac is on the way – though Apple doesn’t generally offer a low-spec version of the larger iMac.”

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Apple lists unannounced Mac mini model on support page – July 29, 2014

9 Comments

  1. Here is the Apple Boot 2014Camp page that keeps changing:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634

    BOTH the mystery MacMini 2014 AND the iMac 27″ 2014 are now GONE. And of course, the new MacBook Pros are NOT listed.

    Much as it’s fun to watch mystery devices appear in and out of the twilight zone, this all fits my long term complaint that Apple’s documentation team is unreliable and incoherent. If I was running the team, some heads would roll. 😛

    1. Derek, chill. Apple’s secrecy, security and the complex architecture of the Internet and local points of distribution requires a process of staging and pushing web articles. They have to be put up on a very few staging servers for management who is in the loop to review. Then they have to pushed further outward on a timed basis due to all sorts of vagaries with LPDs around the world, most of which are not Apple’s servers. Then they have to be verified as present and accurate on LPD servers, set for eventual timed-release. Most of the time it all works in the controlled manner all parties designed to work. An internal review will probably find the mistake and the process will be adjusted to try and prevent that from happening again. When you fire people who make mistakes you have to carefully consider the impact that has on everyone else and whether or not you are letting go of the very experience that was gained through that mistake.

      1. It’s a mistake that is part of a nearly two-year long string of utterly incompetent documentation and web update roll outs at Apple. It’s a long term trend which has had no signs of correction at Apple.

        Clearly, you have a better grasp of the contortions going on in the design and approval process. But when the result is crap… you get people like me relentlessly pointing out that there are improvements to be made. That’s one reason why my personality type is both loved and hated, AND we don’t care. Just do it and do it well. Then you can have a hate party on us all you like, but we did our job making things actually WORK RIGHT.

        … That’s the hard line version anyway. Then we figure out that the ‘other people’s problems’ stress isn’t worth it and we let the lunatics run the asylum. I have a distinct sense that’s why my government is a rat’s nest of incompetence and self-destruction.

        — And now for my de-stressing coffee break.

        1. My son used to get all twisted up because he missed some notes in a piece he was performing with the orchestra. I had to ask him one time, “How many notes did you get right? What’s the ratio?”

          Apple posts thousands of support documents and other “public facing” material every day, all of which have to go through a professional birthing process that is extensive, exhausting, and full of darn fallible humans. The analogy for you would be that each word you used in an on-line post had to be cataloged, indexed, approved by your marketing team, the lawyers, and a host of mid- and upper-level bosses before that same word could then be considered in the context of just the sentence you’re using it in, back through those approvals until it gets to be a part of a paragraph. I hope this is helping you accept how difficult the process is to get right 99% of the time much less 100%. You’ve seen an Apple commercial that is helping introduce a product? The lead times on those are in complete opposition to the secrecy of the launch. Well, much the same goes for simple support documents that must be ready “day 1” because certain personality types will cry foul if they aren’t there “day 1” — you know who I mean? 🙂

          Who’s injured by this mistake? That’s the real measure of whether or not you might want to get worked up.

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