Apple is saying that the new iMac is having production problems overseas, and it’s looking like the new computer will barely be ready for Christmas. Demand for Apple’s latest desktop has spawned a Chinese knockoff called the “lavi.” Powered by Windows 8, the 21.5-inch model costs 3,350 yuan (about $540) with a 500GB hard drive.
Created by “Mr. Hong,” this knockoff has a 1920×1080 display, 4GB of RAM, and an Intel i3 dual-core or i5 quad-core CPU. A 128GB SSD can be installed for an additional fee.
M.I.C. Gadget says that the lavi is 0.9 cm thin at its edge, while Apple’s razor-like 2012 iMac is 0.5 cm thin. The lavi has a HD FaceTime camera, WiFi, VGA, LAN, and an authentic aluminum enclosure. Unlike the real iMac, there’s no USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt.
It’s crazy how realistic these knockoffs have become over the years. We expect Mr. Hong to get a call from Apple’s lawyers soon. If you want a new iMac, it’s obviously wise to wait for the real thing.
- Source M.I.C. Gadget