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New iMac release date on schedule after all

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Apple's new iMac all-in-one computer will hit its late 2012 release window after all, according to fresh reports.

According to 9to5Mac's anonymous sources, Apple's launch plans for the redesigned 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac ranges remains on target for November and December respectively.

This runs counter to last week's report from a French website claiming that Apple was having serious manufacturing problems with the new iMac. That report stated that the new super-slim profile, which requires advanced welding techniques to produce, was proving tricky.

A the new method for producing LCD screens was also blamed for delays that, it was claimed, would push the iMac release date into early 2013.

This fresh report counteracts such doom and gloom by asserting that the 21.5-inch iMac is already shipping to Apple's distribution hubs in the US and several other countries. It's expected that these will be available to order from Apple's physical and online stores by the end of the month.

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While the 27-inch model is claimed to be on track for December availability, the source claims that it could go up for order online at the same time as the 21.5-inch model.

What the report doesn't dispute is that the new iMac models will be in short supply upon release. As Apple's own Tim Cook said on the matter during a recent earnings call:

"In terms of general shortages on the iMac, we’ll be constrained for the full quarter in a significant way... we will have a significant shortage there."

Will you be buying or receiving a new iMac this Christmas, or does this new revision leave you cold? Let us know what you think on the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or via the comments boxes below.

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