updated 02:00 pm EST, Fri January 30, 2009
Apple Cutting iMac Stock
Apple is reducing shipments of iMacs in what's likely a move to clear inventory ahead of an update, alleged sources tell AppleInsider. The contacts claim that Apple has notified third parties that the bulk of the line will see "limited availability" in the next few weeks and that the 3.06GHz model is likely to be entirely unavailable, both characteristic signs Apple has given in the past that it's clearing inventory to make room for newer models.
No mention is made of a likely timeframe for the switch to new models, nor are there indications of what the new models would bring.
Multiple indications have surfaced that Apple is nearing a significant revision of the system. The company itself in Mac OS X 10.5.6 included hardware strings referencing an NVIDIA-based platform for the system, while repeated reports have suggested Apple may use low-power desktop quad-core chips from Intel instead of the mobile dual-core chips that have been the base of iMacs since the Intel transition in early 2006.
Some reports have cast doubt on the timeframe, however, with reports of January launches since proving at least partly inaccurate while one analyst group has claimed the iMac is almost ready but yet that it's not certain whether the future iMacs would use dual- or quad-core processors.