Last week, we reported that some third party retailers were experiencing significant stock shortages of some iMac models and that this was a rather interesting time to be experiencing them, particularly on the run-up to an Apple event. Now, with other models going out of stock, we’ve done a little more digging and, according to one of of sources, Amazon is not expecting any more stock of the 27 inch iMac for approximately two weeks. This falls right into the time period of the Apple Event that is expected to be held on September 12 to introduce the new iPhone.
Our source was careful to say that they had not heard anything detailed about a new iMac, just that new stock wasn’t anticipated until at least the second week in September, and that it would be devices with new model designators, rather than the October 2011 versions of the iMac. We tried to confirm this with other retailers who were suffering iMac stock shortages, such as Best Buy, who aren’t selling the 27 inch model of the iMac online at the moment, and J&R who are also experiencing major shortages, but they weren’t able to tell us when they were expecting a new delivery.
So if you are planning on purchasing an iMac in the next week or so, you might want to wait a few days. New iMac models have already shown up in Geekbench benchmarks with new Ivy Bridge processors, so we are hoping that the stock change that our source is referring to is this model.
We’ve marked this ‘Rumor’ since no details have been offered on the new line-up, but our source has been accurate in the past with some major stock shortages.
Update: Doesn’t look like there’s going to be a big change in price compared to current Mac models, so the new models are unlikely to incorporate Retina Display. Be aware, however, this assumption is only based on price, not specification.