Those who are still drooling over Apple’s new, unbelievably thin iMac desktop computer will have to wait a little bit longer.
When Apple introduced the desktop in October, they simply said it was coming soon. Now new reports are saying that when Apple says “coming soon,” it likely means not until early 2013. Don’t expect a new iMac underneath your tree.
While it was a little-known French blog that allegedly broke the news, other credible tech blogs have also worked through their confirmations. According to the Blog MacBidouille, the 21.5″ iMac was expected to ship by Nov. 27, putting it on several people’s Christmas lists. From the blog:
“If nothing is mentioned, Apple seems to have more problems than expected because of the new manufacturing process of these iMacs, which passes through a system of welding of aluminum under high pressure system, already used to assemble the wings some aircraft such as the Airbus A380.
“This is very bad news for Apple, whose Mac sales were disappointing last quarter. The iMac is certainly the model that would allow the company to garner many sales. Apple will now have to rely on all its laptops, which certainly successful, but probably not enough to revive the increase Mac sales.”
It might be a little unrealistic to claim that Apple is going to be hurting this holiday season, and not relatively. We all know that if Apple has a bad year, they’re still making billions of dollars.
But with the release of the iPhone 5, which is still high on demand and tight on supplies, the iPad Mini and 4th generation iPad (both of which have sold out), a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and a refreshed MacBook Air from September, Apple will perform extremely well this year, even without the new iMac.
The 21.5″ iMac opens at $1,299 and a 27″ version starts at $1,799. Both can obviously become more expensive, especially if you decide to use the new Fusion Drive — a hybrid hard drive that uses the speed of a solid-state hard drive and the storage capacity of a traditional hard drive.