New iMac release date delayed until 2013?

Apple’s iMac 2012 range could see its release date slipping into 2013, according to the latest rumours.

French website MacBidouille reports that Apple is experience production issues with the new generation of iMacs, with the new super-slim profiles posing a problem for manufacturers.

This new skinny profile – which means that there’s no place for a physical media drive in the new units – apparently requires advanced welding techniques to produce, as well as a new method for producing the LCD screens.

The latter process is also rumoured to have been responsible for the new iMac’s delayed announcement. This resulted in a packed launch event that also crammed in the iPad mini, the revamped iPad 4 and the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

During this launch event, Apple announced that the new 21.5-inch iMac would ship in November, while the 27-inch model would ship in December. These dates may well slip into early 2013, if the rumours are to be believed.

As highlighted by MacRumours, Apple CEO Tim Cook himself has dropped hints about such iMac production difficulties during his recent earnings call. He said:

“In terms of general shortages on the iMac, we’ll be constrained for the full quarter in a significant way, part of that is that we’re beginning shipping the 21.5-inch iMac in November and the 27-inch in December. And so there will be a short amount of time during the quarter to manufacture and ramp those and I expect the demand to be robust. So we will have a significant shortage there.”

Those expecting a skinny new iMac under the Christmas tree this year may be in for a disappointment.

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