Apple's new iMacs face delays, report claims

According to a new report, the release of Apple's newest all-in-one desktop faces a slight delay due to production complexity.

Apple's newest iMac.
Apple's newest iMac. James Martin/CNET

The release of Apple's newly-redesigned iMac all-in-one desktop has quietly been pushed back, and could miss a major part of the holiday shopping season, according to a new report.

Citing an unnamed source, French Apple news site MacBidouille says production difficulties will push back the release of both models, possibly affecting holiday sales.

The computer, which was unveiled at Apple's iPad Mini event in October, is set to ship out to early buyers sometime this month, with the larger, 27-inch model shipping in December.

So what's the hold up? MacBidouille says it's the new friction-stir welding process Apple's using, something that bonds the two major pieces of the iMac's aluminum body together. That very same process was touted heavily at Apple's unveiling last month as one of the main reasons for the computer's thinness and improved strength over previous generations.

Apple declined to comment on the report.

A person familiar with the situation says it's likely the smaller, 21.5-inch model won't ship out until next month, but that both models are still scheduled for release before the end of the year.

Apple's new iMac is 40 percent smaller in volume compared to the previous generation, according to the company. To achieve that, Apple nixed the optical drive and used a new screen technology to cut thickness. It also went with a mix of flash memory and a hard disk drive for something Apple calls a Fusion Drive.

(via AppleInsider)

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