Apple has confirmed the official 2012 iMac release date for this Friday, though consumers overseas are already being warned to prepare for shipment delays and stock shortages running clear into next year. Despite Apple insisting that the brand-new and rather long-time-coming 2012 iMac range will be on the shelves in the UK as of November 30th, supply chain insiders have warned not to expect any realistic numbers of the new PC range to arrive until January.
The new range, which includes the 27-inch iMac and the 21.5-inch version, will be made available via the Apple Store online as of this Friday – confirming that the 2012 range is indeed in stock at present, at least in limited numbers.
“Redesigned from the inside out, the new iMac packs high performance technology into an aluminum and glass enclosure that measures just five mm thin at its edge,” according to Apple’s official statement marking the upcoming release date.
Casual consumers will in most instances be willing to hold out the extra couple of weeks or so should stock shortages affect iMac shipments, though retailers have warned that the same may not be so for corporate clients. Distribution centers and third-party retailers have reportedly been running with almost entirely depleted iMac stocks ever since the previous generation model was discontinued by Apple, leaving an enormous gap in the market across certain territories and causing corporate patience to wear thin.
With regard to specs and features, both size versions of the 2012 iMac will be available in two different spec-variants featuring Core i5 or Core i7 processors. Mac
The 21.5-inch on sale for $1,299 will feature a quad-core i5 2.7GHz processor along with 8GB of 1,600MHz memory and 1TG of storage – the $1,499 option sees the processor upped to a 2.9GHz chip and offers GeForce GT 650M graphics.
In the case of the 27-inch variant, the $1,799 model packs a quad-core i5 2.9GHz processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M graphics, while $1,999 ups the ante to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX graphics and a 3.2GHz quad-core chip.