The stock shortages associated with the popularity and yields of the new 21.5 inch and 27 inch iMacs that were announced last year should shortly be solved, according to a new report from the China Times (via Brightwire, MacRumors). The report suggests that component manufacturers have improved the yields of iMac components and that full mass production started last month. As such, there should be increased shipping of the device in the first quarter of 2013, likely translating to much shorter shipping times for buyers of the new iMac.
The iMac has been a popular choice with consumers but low production yields and bottlenecks have prevented rapid fulfillment of orders for both versions. The estimated shipping times for the iMac are currently around 2-3 weeks for the 21.5 inch version and 3-4 weeks for the 27 inch version, both in the US Apple Online Store and in International Apple Stores such as the UK.