Last week, there was a rumor that popped up suggesting that Apple might be delaying its new iMac models beyond 2012 because of a welding issue. However, a new report suggests that that isn’t the case and that the new 21-inch and 27-inch iMac models will be arriving on schedule in November and December.
A report from 9to5Mac suggests that the new iMac release date is still looking good for 2012 which means those who were hoping to get their hands on one this month should still be able to. It appears that 21-inch iMac is still expected to arrive at some point this month though a specific date for its release is still not known. The report suggests that the device will be available by the end of November but Apple is still mum on specifics.
The 27-inch iMac is also still expected to arrive in 2012 and its release date is still thought to be landing in December. Again, no specific release date for the 27-inch iMac is known at this time.
It also looks like the device could go on sale, at least online, at around the same time as the 21-inch model. Given that the 21-inch model may not arrive until the end of November, this seems quite plausible.
The supply shortages that Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed in the company’s earnings call will apparently have an impact in regions outside of the U.S. that are expected the new iMacs.
Apple of course has not confirmed anything but its website does still list the iMac models as arriving in November and December, as was announced at the iPad mini event back in October. At the event, Apple showed off the devices but didn’t offer any specifics other than their expected release months.
A previous report indicated that Apple might be planning to delay the new iMac models into next year due to issues with the welding process used to construct the design of the new devices.
Apple is using a welding process called friction-stir welding which allows the company to keep the new iMacs extremely thin. The process allows for Apple to combine two aluminum surfaces by using high heat. This process has allowed for Apple to feature an edge that is just 5mm thin, 80% thinner than the previous lineup of iMac models.
The new iMacs are significant upgrades over the previous iMac models. The 27-inch iMac features a display that sports 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 between $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.
They are both powered by OS X Mountain Lion.