When Apple introduced the 24in iMac in seven different colours problems with delivery times were anticipated. It’s therefore no surprise that Apple is predicting long delivery times for the new iMac.
At the time of writing (14 June) it is impossible to pick up an iMac at an Apple Store and delivery times are currently around four weeks. Even longer if you wish to configure your new iMac with extra RAM or storage or if you want to choose certain colours (especially yellow, orange and purple it seems).
With long waits at the Apple Store, which gets preferential treatment when it comes to supply of devices, it is no surprise that some resellers are also experiencing shortages.
For example, KRCS, who has some great deals on the new iMac, are indicating that the 24in iMacs are out of stock, with delivery anticipated between five and eight weeks.
However, it appears that not all resellers are suffering from low stock. Currys/PC World has the 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU 24in iMacs in stock and is promising free delivery in 3-5 working days. Currys is out of stock of the green iMac though and you can’t get the 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU models right now.
ao.com promises delivery tomorrow for the 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU 24in iMac in silver. The other colours, and the more expensive 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU models, are not available though.
Amazon also has the entry-level M1 iMac in stock. The 512GB model is listed as ‘temporarily out of stock’ though.
It’s a similar situation in the US. Apple is listing delivery dates as three to four weeks away and neither Walmat nor Amazon has any 24in iMacs in stock.
Why does delivery take so long?
Long delivery times are not uncommon for a new Apple product, possibly the worldwide chip shortage and traffic jam in the Suez Canal have played their part in the delays. For a complex product like an iMac, the failure of a single supplier is sufficient to delay production.
Another possibility is that Apple has produced too few iMacs. American buyers are reporting receiving new iMac as Fedex air freight directly from China (Shanghai) – which looks like an emergency solution for such heavy desktops.
Having to wait a few weeks for delivery of a new Apple product isn’t a new thing, but it is becoming an annoying habit at Apple. We hope Apple can increase production of the new iMacs quickly. Maybe Apple has also made it unnecessarily difficult for itself and should have stayed with four or five different colours.
Based on a report that appeared on Macwelt.