A new report is suggesting that Apple is on schedule with shipments of the new thinner iMac models and that they will indeed be shipping this year as had been originally announced. The report comes from 9to5Mac who say that their sources are pointing towards a November launch for the 21.5 inch version and a December launch window for the 27 inch version. This contradicts a rumor from last week that the Apple supply chain was struggling with the engineering demands of the new models and that launches would be pushed back to 2013.
The report notes that Apple retail stores will soon be receiving stock for sale within the stores, and that the Apple online store will soon be updated to allow online orders of at least the 21.5 inch versions, and perhaps even the 27 inch versions as well. The new devices will, however, be available in limited numbers so placing an order quickly is a good idea if you are looking forward prior to the festive break.
The new iMac has a dramatically thinner profile, with upgraded processing power and new storage options, and was announced at the Apple media event which took place last month. The 21.5 inch model starts at $1299 and the 27 inch at $1799.