A few days ago, a report from French site MacBidouille claimed that due to difficulties in production Apple was forced to push back the release dates of the new iMacs to early 2013. A new report from 9to5Mac, however, refutes this claim, and says that Apple is still on track to start shipping new iMacs as scheduled.
During the unveiling of the radically thin and redesigned iMacs, Apple said that the 21.5” model would start shipping in November, and the larger 27” model would ship in December.
From 9to5Mac’s report:
Our sources say that Apple is already shipping new 21.5-inch iMacs to its distribution hubs across the United States and several other countries across the world. These sources also expect the 21.5-inch computers to be available to order from Apple’s online store by the end of this month. It is also likely that the new models will reach Apple’s physical retail stores by the end of November.
The 27-inch version seems to still be launching in December, as Apple announced, and even though these higher-end models are expected to launch in December, our sources say that there is a high chance that they will be available to order from Apple’s online store at the same time, or around the same time, as the 21.5-inch models.
The supply of both these models might be constrained at launch due to the advanced manufacturing techniques used, but won’t be so constrained to force a push back of the release date.
Additionally, AllThingsD’s well-sourced John Paczowski says he, too, confirmed the same information from his sources:
@markgurman damn you. just confirmed same.
— John Paczkowski (@JohnPaczkowski) November 19, 2012
So it looks like both the 21.5” and 27” iMacs would be up for pre-order on Apple’s website by the end of this month.