Apple Has Started Shipping the All-New 2012 iMacs, Sources Say

Making good on its promise to deliver the first systems in November

Sources in touch with Apple’s retail distribution channels are saying to expect the latest iMac models to arrive in Belgium Wednesday, November 28. A separate source says the 21-inch models should arrive in the United States today, November 27.

A couple of conflicting reports picked up by MacRumors indicate that Apple is finally shipping its 2012 iMacs internationally, with Belgian site stating, “According to our information, the new iMac 21.5” will be delivered to the ‘Apple Premium Resellers (APR)’ Belgian Wednesday.”

Meanwhile, the 27-inch version is “still scheduled for next month,” reports the Belgian source.

Another unconfirmed tip received by the aforementioned rumor site says the new iMacs should arrive not later than today, Tuesday, November 27, in the United States.

And a purported email sent to resellers from a distributor seems to back up the stories. However, it is worth mentioning that this isn’t exactly a major scoop – Apple had confirmed November availability of its new iMacs for a quite a while.

The new iMac boasts Intel’s third-generation Core i5 quad-core processors that can be upgraded to Core i7, as well as the latest NVIDIA GeForce GPU with up to 60 percent faster performance than its predecessor.

iMacs now come standard with 8GB of 1,600 MHz memory and a 1TB hard drive. Customers can choose to configure their order with up to 32GB of RAM a 3TB hard drive, or a 768GB SSD (solid state drive). I/O ports include two Thunderbolts and four USB 3.0 ports.

The system’s enclosure uses 40 percent less volume than the 2009 iMac and features a reengineered display that reduces reflection by 75 percent. The cover glass is fully laminated to the LCD and has an anti-reflective coating applied to it.

Pricing starts at $1,299 in the US. In Europe, the 21-inch iMac retails for €1.349.

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