The 27-inch iMac now has a vague ship date of January, not exactly an improvement over the previous estimate.
Unveiled in October, the 27-inch iMacon November 30. The initial ship time was pegged at two to three weeks, but that shot up to three to four weeks after just a few hours.
Three to four weeks after November 30 takes us to December 21 to December 28. That estimate already meant the 27-inch iMac wouldn't make it on the shopping lists of holidays buyers. And now a fuzzy forecast of January means it will be delayed even further, perhaps not even available until late next month.
The news shouldn't come as a big surprise.
At Apple's fourth-quarter earnings call on October 25, CEO Tim Cook warned that supplies of the iMac would be "constrained" the rest of the year, leading to a "signficant shortage."
The 21-inch model has so far avoided the severe delays affecting its bigger brother. Apple currently lists the ship time for the smaller iMac at 7 to 10 days.