Apple May Be Unable to Fulfill Demand for New iMacs This Quarter

Certain New Apple iMac Shipments May Be Delayed to 2013

by Anton Shilov
11/15/2012 | 11:10 PM

Apple openly admitted last month that there would be shortages of the new iMac all-in-one personal computers this quarter as the company’s manufacturing partners have to ramp up production of a completely new design. But the situation may be even worse than that and some shipments may be delayed from 2012 to 2013.


While Apple announced its new iMac 21.5” and iMac 27” personal computers in late October, the company officially said that it would ship the smaller iMac in late November and the bigger iMac in December. The company made no secret of the fact that the supply of the new AIO PCs will be tight, but the situation seems to be somewhat worse. For example, French-language web-site MacBidouille reports that production issues may delay shipments of at least certain models may slip into 2013.

The report lacks any details, hence, it may turn out that Apple will delay shipments of iMacs into certain markets or will have limited supplies of its new all-in-one systems. It is hard to imagine the situation when Apple delays all shipments of new iMacs till 2013, considering the traditionally significant amount of pre-orders. Still, some customers may receive their new iMacs later than expected originally.

Apple did not comment on the news-story.

The new iMac features quad-core Intel Core i5 “Ivy Bridge” processors (can be upgraded to Core i7), Nvidia GeForce “Kepler” GTX 675M/660M or GeForce GT 650M/640M graphics processors with 512MB GDDR5, 8GB DDR3 memory as well as up to 3TB of hard disk drive storage or 768GB solid-state storage. The new iMacs also provide hybrid Fusion Drive option, which combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance. Traditionally, iMac AIOs come with 21.5” (1920*1080) and 27” (2560*1440) displays. Apple’s new iMac includes four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, SDXC card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and so on.

“In terms of general shortages on the iMac, we will be constrained for the full quarter in a significant way, part of that is that we are beginning shipping the 21.5” iMac in November and the 27” in December. There will be a short amount of time during the quarter for manufacturer to ramp up those and I expect the demand to be robust. So we will have a significant shortage there,” said Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, during a conference call with financial analysts.