According to ‘commercial sources’ sited by French blog MacBidouille the new all-in-one iMac may not see a release before the end of 2012, claiming issues with the much-touted welding technology may be at fault.
The report, translated into English by a number of Apple news sites, claims “Apple seems to have more problems than expected because of the new manufacturing process of these iMacs, which passes through a system of welding of aluminum under high pressure system, already used to assemble the wings some aircraft such as the Airbus A380.”
The hope was that the 21.5″ model would be hitting shelves around 27 November with the 27″ iMac following sometime in December, presumably before Christmas shopping closes. In a recent earning call Tim Cook had already revealed that demand might not be met with the first round of new iMacs.
“In terms of general shortages on the iMac, we’ll be constrained for the full quarter in a significant way, part of that is that we’re beginning shipping the 21.5-inch iMac in November and the 27-inch in December,” he explained. “And so there will be a short amount of time during the quarter to manufacture and ramp those and I expect the demand to be robust. So we will have a significant shortage there.”
No comment from Apple as yet on a delay to the new iMac, so this sits firmly in the rumour pile until we hear otherwise.