Last October, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that there will be a “significant shortage” for the redesigned iMac. Meanwhile, last Wednesday’s report claims that manufacturing difficulties could postpone the all-in-one desktop’s release until next year.
New iMacs: Not Yet Ready for the Holidays
A French blog, Macbidouille, cited a “commercial source,” saying that Apple’s new iMac models may not yet be ready in time for the holiday shopping season. There were also speculations that the cause of the delay is the company’s advanced welding process.
During the company’s quarterly earnings conference call, CEO Tim Cook said that there will be a “significant shortage” of the AIO desktop. However, Cook declined to give further details on the matter.
As Apple’s desktop continues to languish, the MacBook lineup becomes an increasing part of the company’s wide array of products. During the September quarter, the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air were accounted for 80 percent of Apple’s total Mac sales.
Meet Apple’s Redesigned iMac
Apple introduced their redesigned iMac last October. The desktop features an advanced assembly technique called friction-stir welding. This process uses high heat and pressure to “intermix the molecules of the two aluminum surfaces” to create a seamless joint.
It also ditches the optical drive to achieve maximum thinness, the same slimmed-down design that the company used for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The redesigned iMac is now 5 mm thin at the edges, and 40 percent smaller than its predecessor. As stated by Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing:
With a stunning design, brilliant display, and faster performance, we’ve made the world’s leading all-in-one desktop computer better in every way. The all-new iMac is unbelievably thin, yet packs an incredible amount of performance and technology into our most innovative desktop.
What makes the iMac’s new design difficult is its screen lamination process. This process removes 2 mm air gap between the display and the front glass. In relation to this, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported last August that the process would be employed to the 27-inch model. Thus, it would cause supply constraints for the desktop’s initial batch.
As of the moment, the iMac’s availability is still unchanged on the Online Apple Store. As stated on the online store, the 21.5-inch model has a November launch window, while the 27-inch unit will be available this December. Hopefully, these launch windows will remain true despite the rumors.