Some New 27″ iMacs missing key features, such as power.

iMacProblemMany people who ordered one of the new 27″ iMacs (including many with the fancy-schmancy i5 or i7 processors) are turning on their brand new machines, only to find… that they don’t turn on!

Apparently, a number of the i7 iMacs (including one purchased by Engadget) are just flat out not booting. Apple’s support forums have quite a few complaints about 27″ iMacs either arriving DOA, having intermittent video problems, or having odd software glitches. This is, of course, in addition to the large number of people receiving their new 27″ iMacs with the lower left corner of the glass broken.

When we benchmarked the new iMacs, we didn’t have any of these problems, but judging by the number of reports on these, it’s a good chance that we were just lucky.

This brings to mind an old rule of thumb about hardware from Apple – you may want to wait until the second or third revision to make sure all the kinks are worked out. While it’s fun to have the latest and greatest, sometimes it’s easier (not to mention less expensive) to just upgrade the memory and hard drive in your current machine, rather than buy a whole new one.


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