Just about two days after the newly redesigned iMac models became available for order, Apple’s online store for the 21.5-inch version of the iMac now shows the product shipping in 7-10 business days. That shipping time is up from the 1-3 business days that the product was quoted as shipping in, 48 hours ago. The 27-inch iMacs were initially said to dispatch within 2-3 weeks of purchase, but they have since been pushed back to an estimated shipping date of between 3-4 weeks for new orders.
Clearly, Apple’s supply chain continues to face mass production issues with the superslim product. An earlier DigiTimes report had suggested that Apple (AAPL)’s poor yields in the production of display parts for the iMacs will constrain shipments of the product throughout 2012, forcing the company to delay shipments until 2013.
We hope this prediction doesn’t come true, but if you are hoping to get your hands on a new 27-inch 8th-Gen model in time for Christmas you might want to lower your expectations somewhat. That said, 3rd party vendors like Amazon.com (AMZN) are still guaranteeing delivery for the all-in-one desktop PC by December 4th.