A new report suggests that Apple’s new iMacs, the 21-inch iMac and 27-inch iMac, may be delayed beyond the holiday shopping season and into 2013 due to problems with the company’s advanced welding process.
The rumor, which comes from French site MacBidouille, states that Apple may have to delay the arrival of the new iMacs, which were originally announced back in October, due to issues with the welding process. Apple is using a welding process called friction-stir welding which allows the company to keep the new iMacs extremely thin. The process combines two aluminum surfaces by using high heat.
Friction stir welding allowed Apple to feature an edge that is just 5mm thin, 80% thinner than the previous lineup of iMac models.
As noted by AppleInsider, Tim Cook previously suggested that there would be significant supply shortages of these iMacs upon their arrival but did not go as far as to say that they would be delayed.
If there are delays brewing, it’s not visible on Apple’s website where the company still lists both iMac models for sale with release dates scheduled for the 21-inch model still scheduled for November and the 27-inch model still scheduled for a release in December before the holiday season.
The site claims that the 21-inch iMac was supposed to be heading out on November 27th though that was never confirmed by Apple. The company has yet to say when it will specifically be releasing either of the iMac models.
So, as with any pre-launch or pre-release Apple rumor, take this with a grain of salt. Until Apple announces a delay, expect the devices to arrive in the windows that they were given during the iPad mini launch event in San Jose in October.
The new iMacs are pretty significant upgrades over the previous models and while design plays a big part in that, there are certainly some huge feature upgrades as well. Both iMacs run Apple’s new OS X Mountain Lion operating system right out of the box. And they also have some powerful hardware to back it up.
The 27-inch iMac features a display that has 2550 x 1440 resolution while the smaller 21-inch display features 1920 x 1080 resolution. Both feature two quad-core processor configurations from Intel, 8GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive, and pricing that ranges betwen $1299 and $1999.
There is also an option for a new Apple Fusion Drive which features both a 128 SDD and a 1TB or a 3TB HDD and will be fused together with software. Documents will sit on the HDD while core applications will be stored on the SSD.