When the new iMacs were unveiled in October, it was announced that the 21.5 inch model would ship in November and the 27 inch model in December. Just three days ago, we reported that the new hardware might be delayed until the New Year due to an issue with the manufacturing process.
Well that rumour appears to have been quashed, as sources say that Apple is already shipping the smaller model to its distribution hubs in the US and other countries across the globe. This model should also be available to order on Apple’s online store, and arrive in their high street stores, by the end of the month.
With the 27 inch model still on track for a December launch, there is a good chance that both models could show up at the same time. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, has commented on the reported short supply of the new iMacs outside of the US:
On the iMac we’ll be constrained for the full quarter in a significant way… there will be a short amount of time to manufacturer and ramp those and I expect demand to be robust… we will have a significant shortage.
So things are looking good for the desktop Apple users, on the run up to the Christmas holiday season, after all. Well, at least for the US consumer.