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New 2012 Apple iMac delays - the latest

Will iMac fans get their revamped desktop devices by the end of the year or not? Though a recent report suggested that the new iMacs had been delayed, 9to5Mac claims they are still on track for release this year.

French website MacBidouille reported recently that manufacturing problems will delay the release of the computers, which would be "very bad news for Apple," according to a translated version of the site's story.

According to 9to5Mac, however, the 21.5in and 27in iMac devices are still on track to ship before the end of the year.

The Cupertino-based firm is already shipping new 21.5in iMacs to distribution centres across several countries, according to 9to5Mac, which said the iMacs are expected to be available for ordering from Apple's online store by the end of November, when the new models are also likely to hit bricks-and-mortar stores as well.

During its October iPad mini event, Apple also announced a refresh to its Mac lineup. The 21.5in iMac starts at £1,099 and UK availability is cited as November, while the 27in will run you at least £1,499 and is lined up for a December release, according to the company. 9toMac said its sources indicated that Apple is still on track for those release dates.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, during a recent earnings call, Apple chief Tim Cook addressed the iMac shortage issue as part of his wider comments on his firm's operations in Q4 2012.

"[Apple will] be constrained for the full quarter in a significant way, part of that is that we're beginning shipping the 21.5in iMac in November and the 27in in December. And so there will be a short amount of time during the quarter to manufacturer and ramp those and I expect the demand to be robust. So we will have a significant shortage there," he said.

In an article update, MacBidouille said it "would be delighted" if 9toMac was correct about the release dates.

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