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Old Nov 5, 2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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iMac Release Date

Hey guys,

Previously, I could only find general timelines for the iMac release dates for both models as being "November" or "December".

I was talking to the Apple staff online and they clarified the 21.5" to be released "Mid November" and "Early December". Before christmas for my new 27"

Thought I'd post this for the users waiting for the "November" model to come out - probably late next week.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 10:43 AM   #2
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The new release date is set for 29th of February 2013.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 10:43 AM   #3
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2012 iMac release date?
November 21.5 iMac Release Date
iMacs to be released mid november?
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 10:52 AM   #4
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Boo!!

What about the 27"ers?
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 12:26 PM   #5
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Boo!!

What about the 27"ers?
Did you read the Apple iMac site?
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21.5-inch starting at $1299. Coming in November.
27-inch starting at $1799. Coming in December.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 01:06 PM   #6
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The odd thing is they are taking orders for new Cellular + Wi-Fi iPads now for delivery mid-November but not yet for 21.5" iMacs for delivery in November. Logically you would expect Apple to be taking pre-orders by now. Makes you wonder if they are truly having production issues. Bad as it is to delay taking orders it would be even worse to delay shipments beyond the holiday season for people who had ordered and were expecting December delivery..

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Old Nov 5, 2012, 01:27 PM   #7
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The odd thing is they are taking orders for new Cellular + Wi-Fi iPads now for delivery mid-November but not yet for 21.5" iMacs for delivery in November.
Someone measure the volumes... for every one iMac they can ship a lot more mobile units in the same space.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 04:31 PM   #8
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I just want to put my order in and forget about it until it shows up on my doorstep.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 04:37 PM   #9
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I wouldn't be surprised if we don't see any pre order for the iMac. Would be nice to see it readily available on an upcoming Tuesday, unless it sells out fast and goes to 2 week delay of sorts like the retina MacBook Pro's. Or did they have pre ordering? I don't recall.

The most probable and likely being tomorrrow 11/6 or 11/13. I think 11/20 might cut it close to Black Friday, but who knows. Apple isn't known as a bargain brand and that's what shoppers generally search for on Black Friday anyhow (I had the pleasure of working retail for 6 years )

Either way, I had a week away from worrying about a silly computer after dealing with Hurricane Sandy at the Jersey Shore. Still don't have electricity, so if it came out tomorrow, I wouldn't be able to use it!!!!
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 05:14 PM   #10
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People generally don't line up in droves for a $1300+ desktop.

I doubt there will be a pre-order period.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 07:32 PM   #11
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Exclamation dont understand!

The new iMac 27 has not been updated: I dont understand the green dot on MacRumors Buyer's Guide section? If you cant preorder or purchase, it has not been released or updated yet

One more thing: what happen to Apple presentation where Steve would say: available today !
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 09:50 PM   #12
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The new release date is set for 29th of February 2013.
How did you come up with this information?
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 10:20 PM   #13
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How did you come up with this information?
February 29th, 2013 doesn't exist. He was just trolling.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 03:58 AM   #14
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It certainly is not today in the UK. Just called the store in Glasgow and they do not have the imac yet.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 08:51 AM   #15
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I spoke with an apple Store salesclerk today (Paris Opéra Store, France) and he told me that the 21" will be available late November and the 27" late December...

Just thought i would share. I know they're just guessing, as we are. But as i was in the store i thought i'd ask.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 09:16 AM   #16
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I spoke with an apple Store salesclerk today (Paris Opéra Store, France) and he told me that the 21" will be available late November and the 27" late December...
When I called Apple Denmark they also said late November for the 21". I didn't ask about the 27". Patience is a virtue...
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 09:29 AM   #17
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apple store employees/reps don't know better than any of us...
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 09:29 AM   #18
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Reminds me of when the previous generation was first released...
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 09:33 AM   #19
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I think the 27" will be on sale definately before christmas holiday. Even if the delivery date would be a lot later they would make sure not to miss xmas sales. So I suspect early-mid december.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 09:39 AM   #20
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I'd say the 27" will definitely be available atleast 2 weeks before Xmas.

Every brat will want one remember, so Apple will not want to miss out.

You might receive a sheet of ice in the post though
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:45 PM   #21
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An unofficial Apple statement:

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We are holding off new iMacs so that You can enjoy the completely reinvented iTunes 11 right out of the box.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 03:04 PM   #22
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An unofficial Apple statement:
Whaaat???
If you say "Quote:" - shouldn't you point to the source?
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 03:19 PM   #23
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Whaaat???
If you say "Quote:" - shouldn't you point to the source?
Hence, unofficial.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 03:41 PM   #24
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By now it's pretty clear that things isn't going as Tim planned...
I am sure people at apple want to bring it all before Christmas.
But iTunes, iPad, iPhone, and actually every apple device this year had some deadline problem, point to late ( and maybe delayed) 21.5 November. About the 27 I will be happy to see it in January...there is no doubt that apple saw the pressure of the customers and in the forums, and decide to revel the iMac before its ready. So people can finally go to sleep in peace knowing that apple didn't kill the desktop.
And that something amazing is coming.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 03:53 PM   #25
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I was waiting forever for the new 27 to be my first mac. I actually went out and bought a used 21.5 because it took so long. With the old iMacs being out for what, 550 days?, I hope this new unit rocks the old. I plan to buy 2 - 27s with a bunch of goodies. I sure will be bummed if Apple updates the resolution and display a few months after I buy these. That mac pro hasn't been updated in about two years and I'm guessing a new monitor will come along with it which will end up in the iMacs?
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