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New Apple iMac hits UK stores tomorrow, but 27 inch model still set for December release

Alex Masters

apple imac 300x225 New Apple iMac hits UK stores tomorrow,  but 27 inch model still set for December releaseApple’s newly redesigned iMac will be available to purchase here in the UK from tomorrow (30 November), but supplies will be significantly constrained over the holiday season. Unfortunately the 27 inch model is still set for a December release, but no official launch date has been set in stone.

Apple CEO Tim Cook had the following to say during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call on 25 October:

“in terms of general shortages: on the iMac we’ll be constrained for the full quarter in a significant way… there will be a short amount of time to manufacture and ramp those and I expect demand to be robust… we will have a significant shortage”.

Apple’s official Press Info web page states: “The 21.5-inch iMac will be available through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.“

New manufacturing techniques are rumoured to be causing the supply constraints. The friction stir welding process Apple is using to bond the front and back panels of the iMac’s Aluminium chassis together, as well as an optical laminating technique used to bond the glass panel to the display, are thought to be slowing down the pace of production.

The combination of these manufacturing processes are essential in making Apple’s all-in-one computer as thin as it is, but subsequently require more effort to produce compared to previous models.

Despite meeting their promised November launch timeframe for the 21.5 inch iMac, Apple is only just making it by the skin of their teeth. Anyone hoping to secure a new 27 inch model in time for Christmas based on the December launch schedule might want to lower their expectations somewhat.

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