French language site MacBidouille claims to have some bad news from their retail sources. While they were expecting to see iMacs arrive on November 27th (we also heard a similar time frame – with availability beginning around Black Friday) for the 21.5-inchers and later in December for the 27-inchers, both may now miss the all important holiday shopping season.
The source blames a welding process for the delays which would push the iMacs into 2013. The new iMacs also have a redesigned display which features a new thinner lamination process.
We first noted the delays in new iMac production in October and questioned whether or not the devices would be announced at the iPad mini event. Interestingly we’ve also heard that Apple may be introducing an updated Thunderbolt Display in the not so distant future as well, which may be tied to the launch of the 27-inch iMac. Stay tuned for more information on that soon.