updated 02:25 pm EST, Sun December 13, 2009
LCDs, graphics delay large iMac shipments
(Updated with Apple apology) Apple has quietly pushed back the shipping time for all 27-inch iMacs to two weeks. Having already delayed them by five to seven days earlier, the delay is believed to stem from a quality measure addressing cracked screens on delivery as well as systems that exhibit periodic flickering or simply lose their video signal altogether. Neither Apple nor resellers have had an official explanation for the delay.
It is informally believed the issue is complex as some examples, such as our review unit, have yet to produce any of the symptoms representative of the problem.
The gap in shipping is a potential blow for Apple as it will delay many orders past Christmas and could not just disappoint buyers but also affect the company's quarterly results, which have been given a boost by new iMac revisions.
Update: Apple has reportedly apologized for the delays. "The new iMac has been a huge hit and we are working hard to fulfill orders as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience or delay in delivery this may cause our customers," the company says. No association with technical problems has been mentioned, nor has Apple said when shipping will return to normal.