As users receive the first batch of Intel-based iMacs, many are reporting their reactions to the new machines online.
A growing number are reporting that, like other Macs in the past, the Intel Core Duo iMacs suffer from a severe fan noise problem.
But Apple has gotten out in front of this charge, and says that the sound users are complaining about is not the sound of the fan.
“To the untrained ear, it might sound like a high-pitched whine, similar to the noise a fan might make,” said Peter Mehring, head of Apple hardware engineering. “But that’s not at all what it is.
“It’s the sound of the Intel processor having fun.”
Indeed, upon closer inspection, it does appear that the sound in question is actually that of the Intel processor, as Apple’s recent advertising indicates, having the time of its life.
“It’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard,” said new iMac owner Don Revis. “But when I turned off all the other electronics in the room and put my head right up next to my iMac, I could hear that the sound – which I had thought was a fan – is actually a tiny little voice going ‘Wheeeeeeeeee!’
“It’s kinda… creepy… actually…”
Revis’ story was confirmed by several other users who say that while the processor most commonly makes a prolonged “Wheeeeeee!” sound as if riding a roller coaster, it also laughs, titters, giggles, chortles, and otherwise expresses its joy at being part of a Macintosh.
So far, however, no one has made the point that the source of the sound does not necessarily matter, that it’s still annoying.
“Well, if it’s the Intel processor just having a good time because it’s in a Mac…” Revis said, “I guess I can’t complain about that.
“I mean… hasn’t the Intel processor suffered enough?”