Those buying a new 27-inch iMac as of today will have to wait to receive it. According to Apple’s online store, 27-inch iMacs won’t be shipped until January 2013. While preorders have been available since late November, there was no established shipping date until Friday when Apple updated its online store webpage showing the estimated shipping date.
For those wanting the smaller version, the 21.5-inch iMac is available and shipping now. Previous rumors indicated that the 21.5-inch iMac would also be delayed, but Apple squashed those rumors quickly, and customers have already been receiving their 21.5-inch iMac (including a few that come with an “Assembled in the US” label on the back).
When Apple started taking preorders for the new 27-inch iMacs, sources told Ars Technica that the shipping date was going be a little late, and the first iMac would start shipping between December 21 and 28. That date isn’t expected to change, but Apple originally said that its new desktop computer would be available two to three weeks after the order date. Only those who were planning on ordering an iMac as of today can expect delays until January 2013. If you were one of the first to buy a new 27-inch iMac from Apple, you’re in luck. You should still get your brand new computer as previously projected.