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Apple's new iMacs still on track for Nov., Dec. launch -- report

That report comes after another surfaced, saying that they might be delayed due to production issues.

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Apple's thin iMac.
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Apple's newly redesigned iMacs might launch on schedule, after all.

Apple plans to launch its new 21.5-inch iMac later this month and the 27-inch model next month, Apple news site 9to5Mac is reporting today, citing sources. The blog's sources say that Apple has already started to ship the smaller models to distribution facilities.

That claim refutes a report that surfaced last week, suggesting Apple would be forced to delay its iMac because of producers' issues with a new friction-stir welding process that melds the two major pieces of the iMac's aluminum body together. That report, which came from France-based site MacBidouille, said that Apple would still be able to ship both models by the end of the year.

Apple announced the new iMacs earlier this year and said that its 21.5-inch model would be available sometime this month. The 27-inch version would launch next month. The most notable difference between the new iMacs and the previous models is just how thin the computers are. At its edge, the iMac is just 5 mm thick.

But just because the iMacs will launch on time doesn't mean that they'll be readily available. According to 9to5Mac, outside the U.S., the computers will be in short supply through the end of the year.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.