Apple announced its new iMac lineup alongside the iPad mini last month, claiming that the 21.5-inch and 27-inch models would ship by late November and December respectively. As we approach mid-November, however, a new report from French site MacBidouille claims that delivers of the new thinner and lighter iMacs might be delayed due to the advanced manufacturing process that is required to produce the all-in-one desktops. The following excerpt has been translated from French to English:
If nothing is mentioned, Apple seems to have more problems than expected because of the new manufacturing process of these iMacs, which passes through a system of welding of aluminum under high pressure system, already used to assemble the wings some aircraft such as the Airbus A380.
Apple’s latest products, including the iPad mini, iPhone 5 and new iMacs, has been troublesome for its manufacturing partner Foxconn to produce because of the meticulously thin and compact design of each device. When announcing its third quarter financial results, Apple CEO Tim Cook did touch upon the manufacturing constraints during a conference call.
Cook admitted that Apple will be constrained on its latest products in a significant manner during this holiday shopping season, which might cannibalize the potential sales it could have racked up during this gift giving time of year. At the time, the CEO did not mention any delays on shipping its new iMacs.
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.