Apple’s Stunning 2012 iMac Is Still on Track for November Launch — Report

The new all-in-one computers are not delayed, sources say

By on November 19th, 2012 20:41 GMT

Although CEO Tim Cook had already confirmed that Apple’s 2012 iMac supplies would experience shortages, several blogs insisted to report on a potential delay until 2013. 9to5mac now confirms that the systems are shipping as expected.

Citing its own sources, the reliable Apple-centric site confirms that “Apple’s already announced plans for November and December launches of the redesigned 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac lines are still on track.”

The people having leaked this information reportedly said Apple was already shipping the new 21.5-inch models, when this disclosure was made.

Distribution hubs across the United States are already receiving the new computers for sale. The same goes for several other countries across the globe, according to the report.

On the 27-inch front, the situation is unchanged. Apple is still citing December as the launch date, and the same sources speaking to 9to5 are singing the same tune.

In fact, according to these sources, “there is a high chance that they will be available to order from Apple’s online store at the same time, or around the same time, as the 21.5-inch models.”

The same people noted that supplies would indeed be short, as confirmed by CEO Tim Cook during the company’s earnings call in October.

The shortages about to be experienced by Apple relate to new manufacturing processes employed by the Cupertino giant to reduce the thickness of the all-in-one systems by 40 percent.

The company is using friction-stir-welding and a new anti-glare technology for the display to keep the system as thin as possible.

This year Apple is also doing away with the optical disc drive in its popular desktop computer, and has introduced Fusion Drive – a hybrid storage solution that combines a traditional hard disk with solid state storage.

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