Orders on iMacs grind to halt

Orders on iMacs grind to halt

NEW Zealand resellers may not order any more iMacs as global stocks have run out.

Apple has stopped taking orders for the current iMac range as stocks of the machines are running out around the world ahead of the launch of a new line due in September. And local Apple distributor Renaissance ceased processing new iMac orders via its online Apple Store on Monday, instructing resellers not to order any more of the range.

Managing director Paul Johnston says the current inventory of the product in the country, plus additional units expected shortly from Australia, is expected to run out within two weeks.However, all current and back orders will be fulfilled.

“As soon as the current stock is gone then that’s it,” he says.

The new generation iMac is expected to be available globally in September and Johnston says the first units should reach New Zealand within a couple of weeks of their release.

In the meantime, Johnston says there are alternatives for customers to choose from, ranging from the entry-level eMac to the top-end G5. But he says the iMac caters for a particular segment of the market that is likely to wait for the new machines before making new purchases.

“Clearly it is going to leave a bit of a hole in that time, but because Apple has told everybody what is going on, anybody that will be looking for something in between [the eMac and the G5] will be holding off with bated breath.”

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