Apple’s newly redesigned iMac models are now available for purchase via the U.S. Apple online store with the 21.5-inch version showing shipping estimates of 1-3 business days.
The 27-inch iMac will also be available for order through the Apple online store, but with an estimated shipping date of between 2-3 weeks.
Earlier reports had suggested that Apple (AAPL)’s low yield rates in the production of display parts for the new iMacs had forced the company to delay shipments until 2013. While Cupertino is still facing shortage of supplies that is affecting the amount of iMacs that can be shipped in 2012, it has now begun selling the 21.5 and 27-inch profiles. That said, 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.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has already admitted during his company’s October 25 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…[T]here 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..
The 21.5″, 2.7GHz quad-core i5 processor non-configured iMac model that comes with a 1TB hard drive starts at $1,299 while the 27″, 2.9GHz quad-core i5 processor version starts at $1799 to well over $4,300 for the top-of-the-line iMac profile.