27in Apple iMac shipments delayed until January

Consumers won't be handing out 27in Apple iMacs as holiday gifts this year. Cupertino's online store tips a January shipment date for orders placed now.

Apple.com says "Available to ship: January" underneath the 27in version of the new iMac, while the 21.5in version will ship within 7-10 business days.

Apple started selling the 21.5in iMac on 30 November. At the time, it also started taking pre-orders for the 27in iMac, but said it would not be available until December. Now it appears iMac enthusiasts will have to wait a few more weeks.

According to Ars Technica, those who placed their 27in iMac orders early were told it would ship in 2-3 weeks. A few Ars staffers who placed their orders have an expected ship date between 21-28 December.

Apple unveiled its new iMac lineup at its October iPad mini event, pricing the computers at $1,299 (£1,099) and $1,499 (£1,249) for the 21.5in or $1,799 (£1,499) and $1,999 (£1,699) for the 27in.

In the following weeks, there were reports of the iMac launch being delayed until next year due to manufacturing problems. Other reports, however, said Apple was still on schedule for a November-December launch.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

As noted by The Register, the UK Apple Store, says the larger of the two machines will be "dispatched" within three to four weeks.

The 27in computer includes a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel display, towering over the smaller machine's 1,920 x 1,080 pixel screen. Both tout a FaceTime HD camera and dual microphones, with a headphone jack, SD card, three USB ports, Thunderbolt, and Gigbit Ethernet on the back. Each comes with a wireless keyboard and magic mouse.