to fix bugs
The dark satanic rumour mill claims that Apple has
stopped its assembly lines producing its faulty 27-inch Core i5 and i7 iMacs
and issued a firmware patch which is supposed to fix problems in graphics.
Despite managing to get over the top reviews from its
tame press in the US the new flagship iMacs have had problems with cracked
screens and graphics problems. Apple issued a firmware patch today which is supposed to
fix the problem however it might be Jobs' Mob's last attempt to get a cheap
fix. If it fails then it might have the huge embarrassment of making a product
Already 27-inch iMac models are three weeks late. We have
heard that the company completely stopped the iMac 27″ assembly
lines and the production will not resume before Apple has finally found a
definitive fix for the flickering and flashing display. New problems have
recently been reported of a yellowish panel too..
Gizmodo posted what looks like an internal Apple
document, included below, revealing that Apple is aware about iMac issues and
is moving to solve them. It suggests an LCD panel replacement for iMacs with
yellow-tinted displays and a second software patch in three weeks’ time. What is amusing is that the advice suggests that staff
not to try to fix the problem yet but spin a yarn that slight colour
variability is normal for LCD displays and in general does not warrant
replacement. Those who have the yellow tint issue, and who provide
contact information, will be contacted by Apple in approximately three weeks to
arrange a LCD panel replacement. Customers who require an immediate resolution
should be offered a refund.
When Apple delayed 27-iMac shipments about two weeks ago,
AppleInsider correctly worked out that Apple might fix the flickering problem
with another patch. It is one thing to force users to pay over the odds for
hardware that is locked into another range of your products. However if the
gear is as shonky it is a complete insult.
Steve Jobs blamed most of Apple's product woes on Flash
software, however it is fairly clear that it is flaky hardware running an
operating system which is equally buggy.