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    2011 imac 27 w/ SSD & LION
    I (finally) ordered last saturday a 27" imac BTO with the SSD. MY FIRST MAC.
    ETC 23rd of July (*gasp*)
    Should I cancel the order and place it again to get Lion?
    What is Apple's practice in this case? I don't want to be punished twice 1) waiting 6 weeks for SSD option and 2) having to pay $29.99 for Lion.
    Any chance it will be uploaded already with Lion? (release date "July" is vague) - or can I get a free upgrade?

    Many thanks!

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    I'm in the same boat you are. I have heard that its not just the SSD forcing the delay, but its waiting on Lion. I hope thats true.
    Fear is a path to the Dark Side: Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering. ~ Yoda, Jedi Master, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xahhax View Post
    Should I cancel the order and place it again to get Lion?
    Come on dude. You're probably paying around $1800+ for this computer...and you're concerned about not getting a super cheap $29 OS upgrade for free!

    In reality...since your ship date & the date for the release of Lion are very very close...if Apple follows what they've done historically...the computer will either ship with Lion already installed, or you will get a free upgrade.

    AND look at it this way. If there's currently a 6-week shipping delay for iMac's with your configuration...if you cancel your current order...and wait until July to place your iMac order again after Lion is released....what if there's still a 6 week shipping delay. Then you won't get your new iMac until possibly September!

    I say just stick with your current order...and see what happens. And if you end up having to pay $29 for Lion...so what...$29 bucks is nothing compared what you paid for the computer!

    Food for thought,

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    well, yes, i am paying $3000 for this computer, but this is not the reason to throw away $30 for something in principle i would be entitled to.
    - if indeed the wait is Lion related and not SSD related, it will be shipped with it.
    - if the wait is purely SSD related, you would think that the supply chain for those items (although how can they have shortages on those?) will be fixed by then and therefore, a BTO order placed end of july would not be another 6 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xahhax View Post
    well, yes, i am paying $3000 for this computer, but this is not the reason to throw away $30 for something in principle i would be entitled to.
    Do what you gotta do! But "stressing" over a very very inexpensive $29 OS upgrade is really being petty. Which by the way you're not entitled to, since as of your order date of early June...(when you ordered the computer)...OS 10.6 is/was the latest OS version.

    If Apple was charging it's historical OS upgrade price of $129...then I would be more in agreement with delaying your purchase to get the OS upgrade for free. But when the OS upgrade ONLY costs $29...I wouldn't worry about it.

    But as I mentioned...Apple is a really good company...and will probably ship your computer with Lion already installed or a free upgrade (if Lion is released in July).

    Quote Originally Posted by xahhax View Post
    - if the wait is purely SSD related, you would think that the supply chain for those items (although how can they have shortages on those?) will be fixed by then and therefore, a BTO order placed end of july would not be another 6 weeks.
    If the delay in shipping is SSD related...you/we have absolutely no idea when that will be solved. Could be before the release of Lion...or it could be after. In any case...there will be a backlog of orders to fill.

    That backlog could be 6 weeks or more by mid-July (your original shipping date)...so if you cancel your current order just to insure that you get a $29 OS upgrade for free...you're going to DEFINITELY delay getting your computer well past mid-July (just to save $29 bucks).

    And trust me...Apple is NOT delaying the shipping of your iMac due to the release of Lion. If this was the case...then Apple would be delaying the shipping of ALL Macintosh computers. Believe me...this is certainly not the first time there has been a Mac OS upgrade...Apple DOES NOT delay the shipping of computers due to a pending OS upgrade release.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Thank you. Let's see. I'd much prefer them moving the delivery date earlier and paying $29 indeed.
    In any case, I was hoping for Lion to come with a 'SSD related' feature.
    This is enabled in the new intel chipset and for instance you could imagine to have OS X manage automatically 'system & application->SSD' & 'data->HDD'. There were few rumors on this, but nothing on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xahhax View Post
    Thank you. Let's see. I'd much prefer them moving the delivery date earlier and paying $29 indeed.
    This is basically my main discussion point. If you could get your new iMac tomorrow (without Lion)...you would accept that deal in a heartbeat!

    If you cancel your current order (just to insure getting the $29 Lion upgrade for free)...you're most definitely going to delay receiving your iMac even longer (probably at least 1-2 weeks). Instead of getting your iMac in mid-July (as it seems to be at the moment)...that would make it early August or later (especially if the SSD issue is not fully resolved).

    So canceling your current order just to save $29 bucks (and delaying receiving your iMac till at least early August)...is not a good trade-off if you would prefer to get your new iMac as soon as possible.

    And to be totally honest...there's no way I would wait 4-6 weeks just because of the SSD drive BTO option. Right now your iMac would ship in 1-2 days if you got a traditional HD. SSD drives are just wayyyy too expensive at the moment. In very little time SSD drives will most likely be half the price or lower.

    So you're going to pay a ton of money for that SSD drive...AND you're going to have to wait a lot longer to get your new iMac. Personally I would cancel the order (or modify it) and get a traditional HD. Then you would have the computer by early next week. Then upgrade the iMac later on when SSD drives get less expensive.

    Just my humble opinions,

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    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
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    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Hum, no, a little wait now for less wait later when booting etc
    I have already a powerful PC (i7, 12gb/SSD), so I really do not need it NOW.
    And SSD makes a big difference. Maybe not worth the price (I wish Apple had a 128gb only version)...but well worth the wait for sure
    but please don't tempt me!!!

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    if only you could just buy a 3.4 i7 from the macstore (they have it here) and stuff the SSD inside yourself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xahhax View Post
    ...but please don't tempt me!!!
    Just trying to throw some ideas your way! I just wouldn't wait 4-6 weeks for a BTO SSD...when the same computer with a traditional HD would ship in 1-2 days.

    Look at it this way:

    - get the iMac by next week (if you ordered it with a traditional HD)
    - or even get the iMac TOMORROW from your local Apple Store...if you have one near by (with a traditional HD)
    - order yourself a 128gig SSD drive from OWC (macsales.com)...at a lower cost as well.
    - upgrade the HD (SSD) yourself

    Or do the SSD upgrade whenever you feel like it.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    from what I have seen it is quite an exercise to swap disks on iMac. I built my own PCs, but opening and iMac, nahhh...
    ...I do not want to spoil my 'Mac' experience from day one :-)
    come to think about it, yes, there are few products for which I would wait for a BTO for so long. Only did once before. For a german car..
    anyway, I also ordered the 2gb video (well basically i maxed out the imac specs on my BTO)...and this they don't have in stock @ retail.

    So will wait, hoping they are giving pessimistic/worst case dates :-)

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    A very short comment, made many times before by the UK members — count yourself luck in the US.

    As a general rule, what you pay for anything from Apple in USD, we get charged nearly the same in GBP.

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWT View Post
    A very short comment, made many times before by the UK members count yourself luck in the US.

    As a general rule, what you pay for anything from Apple in USD, we get charged nearly the same in GBP.

    Ian
    Sorry mate, but I am not in the USA, living in Tokyo/Japan. I feel your pain.
    It's always been like this in UK no?
    1GBP=1EUR=1USD...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWT View Post
    A very short comment, made many times before by the UK members count yourself luck in the US.

    As a general rule, what you pay for anything from Apple in USD, we get charged nearly the same in GBP.

    Ian

    Hey - Apple is an American company (sort of) we should get some sort of break - after all - I pay here in the US about twice what I'd pay in the UK for a bottle of GlenLivet 25

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    we should be paying our apple in Chinese Yuan...

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