Despite earlier reports that Apple’s new, super-slim iMacs were set to be delayed until 2013, 9to5Mac is reporting that its sources say that the original launch dates of November and December are still correct. Earlier in the month, we reported that French blog MacBidouille claimed that problems with Apple’s advanced welding processes meant that customers wouldn’t see the new iMacs before early 2013. 9to5Mac, however, says its sources are reporting that new iMacs are being sent to distribution centres in the US and worldwide.
The 21.5-inch iMac is due to launch this month, with the 27″ model set to follow in December, although it’s highly likely that both models will be available to order or pre-order online very soon. At Apple’s most recent earnings call, CEO Tim Cook did acknowledge there may be some issues with supply of the new iMacs, saying:
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. 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.
This month also sees the launch of the long-awaited iTunes 11, which was announced back in September, penned in for an October launch date but delayed until November by Apple.