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You Can Now Order a New iMac, But Will You Get It by Christmas?

By November 30, 2012

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The new 2012 iMacs went on sale today at Apple's online store, its retail stores, and all Apple-authorized resellers. The new iMacs use a new display lamination process that reduces glare, creating a better user experience. The improved display is a bright spot in the new design, but delivery times, at least for the 27-inch model, may disappoint many buyers.

You Can Now Order a New iMac, But Will You Get It by Christmas?

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The 21.5-inch models are showing up as readily available. If you order one online, you can currently expect delivery within 3 days. Most retail outlets have the basic models in stock, so you may be able to get your hands on one even faster.

The same can't be said of the 27-inch model, however, which is currently showing a 2- to 3-week delivery time.

I'm sure Apple will do what it can to get orders for the 27-inch models out the door as quickly as possible, but with that kind of delivery schedule, if you ordered a 27-inch iMac today, it might not arrive on your doorstep until December 22. That's cutting it awfully close if you're buying one as a Christmas gift. If anything goes wrong in the delivery process, which often happens at this time of year, it may not arrive until after Christmas.

If you're planning on giving someone a new 27-inch iMac, order it tonight and hope for the best. But be sure to have a fallback gift to put under the tree, just in case.


December 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm
(1) George Derringer says:

Unfortunately, I tried to buy a basic model iMac with the 21.5-inch screen on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Apple Store in Peabody, Mass. I was told that they were out of stock — like the iPhone 5 — but more of both items come in every day. The Apple web site says they will ship, if I order one there, in 7-10 days. Demand is high, supply is obviously not. :-(

December 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm
(2) Karen says:

I’m wanting the new 27″ configured for me, but since I’ll be traveling and not home ’till Christmas Eve, want it later rather than sooner.Ordering is on my to do list for for this week. Should I wait longer? Ideally I would like it in my home by the 28th? Any comments?

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