French Apple blog ‘MacBidouille‘ reports that it has learned from a “commercial source” that Apple (AAPL)’s new iMac all-in-one PC models will not be ready for sale by the holiday shopping season. When the new ultra-slim profiles were introduced three weeks ago, Apple said the 21.5″ model would be released by the end of November, with the 27″ model shipping by year-end.
The blog speculates that Apple is having supply-chain difficulties, as its manufacturers are having a hard time with the new profiles which apparently require “an advanced welding technique” to produce, as well as a new method for producing the LCD screens. The new iMacs are quite an impressive feat of engineering. Being a mind-boggling 80% thinner than the line before them, the new super-slim profiles boast an edge that’s only 5 millimeters thick. The point is that it’s not surprising that they’re challenging to mass produce.
As noted by MacRumours, Apple CEO Tim Cook himself has already admitted during his company’s recent earnings call that iMac production delays are possible.
“In terms of general shortages on the iMac, we’ll be constrained for the full quarter in a significant way, part of that is that we’re beginning shipping the 21.5-inch iMac in November and the 27-inch in December. And so there will be a short amount of time during the quarter to manufacture and ramp those and I expect the demand to be robust. So we will have a significant shortage there,” Cook said.
In other words, what Cook is basically saying is that those prepared to have a new iMac under the Christmas tree this holiday season may be in for a disappointment. That said, let’s keep in mind that these delays are still speculative at this point since MacBidouille hasn’t released their source.
Hopefully, Apple’s online store will be updated with new info regarding the iMac soon.