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Apple confirms: 'we will ship iMac on Friday'

Apple has just confirmed that the 21.5-inch iMac will be available on Friday 30 November

Apple has just confirmed that the 21.5-inch iMac will be available on Friday 30 November.

As we reported yesterday, the company had said it would launch the new Mac before the end of November, and it looks like Apple has kept its promise.

As originally promised, the 27-inch iMac will be available for order through the Apple Online Store and will begin shipping in December.

The 21.5-inch iMac is available with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M for a suggested retail price of £1,099 inc VAT (£915.83 ex VAT); and with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M for a suggested retail price of £1,249 inc VAT (£1,040.83 ex VAT). The 27-inch iMac is available with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M for a suggested retail price of £1,499 inc VAT (£1,249.17 ex VAT); and with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX for a suggested retail price of £1,699 ex VAT (£1,415.83 ex VAT).

The company announced the new thinner iMacs just over a month ago on 23 October. In the meantime customers haven't been able to pre-order the new model, or even purchase the soon to be superseded model from Apple.

Reports had claimed that the new iMacs had been delayed due to problems with the new screen lamination process that requires high pressure welding. The screen lamination problems were first identified as a challenge by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo back in July. Kuo noted that the new screen lamination process for the new iMac is more difficult with the 27in model, and suggested that as a result it would launch 6-8 weeks after the 21.5in option.

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