If you’ve been following the rumors surrounding a 2012 iMac throughout this year, then you would have been extremely happy with what Apple showed us at a recent event, which delivered a new iMac with a major refresh of specs and design. Shortly after this event we learned what month the 2012 iMac release date would fall in, and this resulted in November for the 21.5-inch model and the month after for the bigger 27-inch iMac. It now seems that these shipping months are in doubt and rumors from insiders state that the new iMac might ship a lot later, and the date could even land in early 2013.
It is not only the Apple fans that are surprised but also the reporters, which is thanks to the unusual long wait for the 2012 iMac to be available for order, and also the strange situation of no iMac available to purchase on Apple’s Store. Normally we’d see the old product stay on the Apple store and then just a few days gap with nothing to order between generations, but this is certainly not the case with the new iMac that is supposed to ship in 2012.
The latest rumor comes from this website, translated from French, and they claim to have an inside source, which states that the problems we knew about in the manufacturing process are a lot worse than first thought. The way the aluminum is welded to create such a thin profile is causing issues, and Apple might not be able to produce enough new iMac’s to ship them in 2012 and as such we might be waiting until early 2013 for a release date.
Apple are not making any changes just yet – if you look at the official Apple Store then you’ll notice that nothing has changed, and if we are to believe Apple you should be seeing the new 21.5-inch iMac available this month, and the larger version next month. Considering we are now half way through November, Apple will need to either update their store with an exact shipping date or confirm this rumor by posting a delay.
Are you confident that Apple will be delivering the new iMac this year? It is also worth noting that a number of PR readers are questioning the 2012 iMac design, and can’t understand why a desktop computer needs to be so thin? Personally we love the design and enjoy technology progressing in this way, but at the same time we can understand the frustration if this refresh leads to a delay and no iMac being available to buy on Apple for a couple of months. Some people just want any new iMac, and one PR reader stated they have sold their old iMac and expected the new one by now. How often are you checking Apple’s store for an update on the iMac availability? If you want to read some more insight into the storage options, then see our earlier article.