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Some Apple M1 iMacs have crooked displays, and now you can't unsee it

It's not the worst defect, but you probably don't expect this in a $1,000+ computer.

Published onJune 16, 2021

  • Some new Apple M1 iMac computers have crooked displays.
  • The issue is pretty noticeable in a YouTuber’s video.
  • There’s no word on the scope of the issue thus far.

Apple announced the new M1-powered iMac earlier this year, which is the firm’s first desktop computer based on Arm-based silicon. The new computer is a slim, all-in-one display propped up on a stand, but it turns out that there’s an odd manufacturing defect.

YouTuber iPhonedo (h/t: MacRumors) noticed that his M1 iMac had a crooked display, using a ruler to confirm that one side measured 7.6 centimeters (2.99 inches) to the desk and the other side measured eight centimeters (3.14 inches) to the desk. It’s pretty noticeable when you look for it, and it definitely might be a case of not being able to unsee it afterward. Check out the video below for a look at the issue.

The YouTuber wasn’t the only person who spotted the problem, as two users on Apple’s support community and a Redditor noted a crooked display as well. Meanwhile, MacRumors also reported that their testing unit had a “slightly” crooked display. We’re not sure how many people are affected by the problem, but we’re guessing that it isn’t a huge number. Then again, we’ll likely see more users report the discrepancy after hearing about it and checking their own computer.

There’s no word on the exact cause of the issue either, but it presumably has something to do with the stand and seven screws holding the display. Either way, you might want to check your M1 iMac as soon as you unbox it. It’s not the worst problem in the world, but it’s still a weird defect to have when spending over $1,000.

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