2012 iMac problems signaled by lack of release

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The hunt for Apple’s 2012 iMac is continuing and if you loved what you saw at the recent event, then you might be keeping an eye out for the iMac pre-order date expected at some point in November for the 21.5-inch model, and December 2012 for the 27-inch iMac. The fact that nothing has changed in the past couple of weeks is creating some doubt about the shipping month, and it is looking more likely that Apple has some problems with the 2012 iMac model.

You can see a screenshot below that had been taken from Apple’s online store, and this clearly shows the “available in” message for both display sizes, although we’re running out of days in November for the 21.5-inch new iMac. If we are to believe Apple that it will go up for order this month, then you can expect to see a pre-order for the first 2012 iMac arrive within 18 days.

Apple’s 2012 iMac could be experiencing supply problems – there is a growing belief that Apple might have to delay the release date for their new iMac refresh, and this has been signaled by the unchanging status on their official website. Users find it strange that Apple doesn’t even have an iMac up for order online, which has surprised some people who find it strange that you “cannot pre-order or customize an iMac right now“. Others feel “this isn’t right at all“, and while Apple confirmed there would be problems with meeting 2012 iMac demand, there is no reason for Apple to delay the launch other than supply issues, which is clear considering the holiday season is massive for sales.

Can you believe that you can’t buy an iMac on Apple’s website? Some people feel that an old or new model should be available to order right now, and considering most new products are revealed at an event, then pre-orders go live in a matter of days, it seems strange to wait so long before you can place a pre-order for the 2012 iMac.

Bottom-line: This is obviously speculation, but the fact that users are starting to question possible problems with supplying iMacs is enough to raise questions, although waiting right to the end of this month before you can order the 21.5-inch iMac might just be Tim Cook’s preference. You can read more about the storage options in our earlier article here. Are you checking most days to see if the 2012 iMac is up for pre-order?

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  • Gus

    Another reason for delaying the pre-order launch: With all the devices that Apple launched over the last few weeks this may only be a marketing move so the new MacBooks and iPads, etc. have some time in the limelight before focusing on the iMacs.

  • PonkStonk

    Who wrote these sentences? – “Users find it strange that Apple doesn’t even have an iMac up for order online, which has surprised some people who find it strange that you “cannot pre-order or customize an iMac right now“.” And “But the fact that users are starting to question possible problems with supplying iMacs is enough to raise questions” – A chimp with a keyboard

  • Handie

    Apple just wanna gives time for iPad mini tho. Apple promised release in November. I guess in 27 of November 2012.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Craig-Best/1428620568 Craig Best

      Problem is for me and my non Intel Mac I can’t get a new iPad or iPhone until I get a new iMac so I can sync with iTunes.

  • http://twitter.com/elbowroomrich Richard Morton

    I check every day. At breakfast and lunch.
    Every night before bed on the US site.

    I’m this close [---] to throwing my i5 MBP at a wall. Hurry the f*** up apple, you make computers as well as phones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.barker.31 Steven Barker

    Have to admit, I’m checking constantly for the iMacs on the apple uk store, sooner the 21″ model is out then I will hopefully see movement on the 27″ shortly afterwards. But am now thinking that I may not get my part xmas present until January if I’m lucky by the looks of things :(

  • b

    talk to a apple rep the other day. slatted mid-november for sure meaning possible friday the 16th. since apple likes to release on fridays

  • oso

    Talked to a rep in the apple store. He told me the release would most likely be towards the end of November. Supply issues aside, Apple probably wants to give exposure to the other products it has just released. Ask me and I’ll tell you Tim Cook timed the announcement to steal the fire from Windows 8, released just a week later. He probably knew the iMac was not ready but he wanted to get the message about the refreshment out before Windows could announce the new OS. You know, just in case the most impatient of buyers decided to go for that option instead of waiting for a new iMac you know is coming out any time but aren’t sure when.

  • http://twitter.com/heyCHALiCE Chalice

    I have checked once every 3 days and have been a bit surprised myself. Im glad I see other people have been curious as to what is going on. I want a desktop to replace this Macbook Im on but I wont sell mine until I am able to be sure I can get my hands on the new iMac.

  • Kispr

    Our Apple Store seem to think a few new iMacs might be thrown in the back of the truck with the mini ipads ‘anyday now’. Bit worrying, but yeah, ok I’ll take one!