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Thursday, January 21, 2010, 06:05 am PT (09:05 am ET)

Apple again delays 27-inch iMac shipment by 3 weeks

Just when it looked like Apple was putting its 27-inch iMac troubles behind it with a balance in supply and demand, the company has abruptly pushed new direct orders of its big screen desktop machines out by three weeks.

While the 21.5-inch models of the new iMac currently ship within 24 hours, as of Thursday new 27-inch iMacs have a three-week estimated shipping time. Only days ago, the Mac maker had improved it supply of the larger models to shipping times of less than a week.

Apple's sudden delay of the new models comes just one week after its authorized resellers began receiving volume shipments of the big-screen models, allowing them to reflect availability for the first time since their introduction last Fall.

Following numerous users-reported screen flickering issues with the 27-inch model, Apple in December notified resellers that new orders would be pushed out by about two weeks. At the same time, the Mac maker apologized for the situation, but did not directly address concerns that hardware issues were to blame for the matter.

Released last October, the newly redesigned iMacs include an edge-to-edge glass design in a seamless all-aluminum enclosure. The new iMacs were an immediate hit with consumers, who made them the best-selling desktop machines in the U.S that same quarter.

However, soon after the launch, reports of issues with the 27-inch iMac began to crop up. Apple moved quickly to address the issue, releasing a software patch meant to remedy the problems plaguing owners.

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But for many users, the update wasn't successful in fixing the problem, as posts on the Apple discussion forums have continued to grow (1, 2). The same issues have not been reported with the 21.5-inch models.

Despite Apple's direct-order delays, all of the reseller's tracked by AppleInsider's Mac Price Guide (below) are currently showing availability of most 27-inch iMacs, with a few exceptions:

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MacBook Pro
11-inch MacBook Airs
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11" Air (1.30GHz/4GB/128GB) $948.99 $920.52* $948.99+ $948.99 $78.48
11" Air (1.30GHz/8GB/128GB) n/a $1,042.74* on order n/a $56.26
11" Air (1.30GHz/4GB/256GB) $1,099.00 $1,163.99* $1,099.00+ $1,099.99 $36.01
11" Air (1.30GHz/8GB/256GB) n/a on order on order n/a $100.00
11" Air (1.30GHz/8GB/512GB) n/a on order n/a yet n/a $50.00
11" Air (1.70GHz/4GB/128GB) --- on order on order n/a $50.00
11" Air (1.70GHz/8GB/128GB) n/a on order $1,149.00+ n/a $100.00
11" Air (1.70GHz/8GB/256GB) n/a on order $1,449.00+ n/a $0.00
11" Air (1.70GHz/8GB/512GB) n/a $1,691.48* $1,649.00+ n/a $100.00
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13-inch MacBook Airs
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13" Air (1.30GHz/4GB/128GB) $1,048.99 $1,017.52* $1,048.99+ $1,048.99 $81.48
13" Air (1.30GHz/8GB/128GB) n/a $1,134.89* on order n/a $64.11
13" Air (1.30GHz/4GB/256GB) $1,234.99 $1,197.94* $1,234.99+ $1,234.99 $101.06
13" Air (1.30GHz/8GB/256GB) n/a on order $1,349.00+ n/a $50.00
13" Air (1.30GHz/8GB/512GB) n/a on order $1,599.00+ n/a $100.00
13" Air (1.70GHz/4GB/128GB) n/a on order $1,149.00+ n/a $100.00
13" Air (1.70GHz/4GB/256GB) n/a on order on order n/a $50.00
13" Air (1.70GHz/8GB/128GB) n/a on order $1,249.00+ n/a $100.00
13" Air (1.70GHz/8GB/256GB) n/a on order $1,549.00+ n/a $0.00
13" Air (1.70GHz/8GB/512GB) n/a $1,765.39* $1,749.00+ n/a $100.00
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13" and 15" MacBook ...
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2.5GHz 13" (4GB/500GB HDD) $1,184.99 $1,096.09* $1,129.99+ $1,184.99 $1,118.04! $102.91
2.9GHz 13" (8GB/750GB HDD) $1,299.99 $1,191.59* sold out sold out sold out $307.41
2.3GHz 15" (4GB/500GB HDD) $1,659.99 $1,403.49* sold out sold out sold out $395.51
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13" MacBook Pros w/ ...
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2.4GHz 13" (4GB,128GB) $1,259.99 $1,231.89* $1,259.99+ $67.11
2.4GHz 13" (8GB, 128GB) n/a $1,333.74* n/a yet n/a $65.26
2.4GHz 13" (8GB, 256GB) $1,459.99 $1,425.89* $1,459.99+ $73.11
2.4GHz 13" (16GB, 128GB) n/a on order n/a yet n/a $50.00
2.4GHz 13" (16GB, 256GB) n/a $1,600.49* $1,699.00+ n/a $98.51
2.6GHz 13" (8GB, 256GB) n/a $1,484.09* $1,599.00+ n/a $114.91
2.6GHz 13" (8GB, 512GB) $1,699.99 on order $1,699.99+ $100.00
2.6GHz 13" (8GB, 1TB) n/a on order n/a yet n/a $50.00
2.6GHz 13" (16GB, 256GB) n/a $1,740.17* n/a yet n/a $58.83
2.6GHz 13" (16GB, 512GB) n/a $1,891.49* $1,999.00+ n/a $107.51
2.6GHz 13" (16GB, 1TB) n/a on order n/a yet n/a $50.00
2.8GHz 13" (8GB, 256GB) n/a $1,740.18* $1,799.00+ n/a $58.82
2.8GHz 13" (8GB, 512GB) n/a $1,891.49* $1,999.00+ n/a $108.41
2.8GHz 13" (8GB, 1TB) n/a on order $2,499.00+ n/a $50.00
2.8GHz 13" (16GB, 256GB) n/a $1,934.18* $1,999.00+ n/a $64.82
2.8GHz 13" (16GB, 512GB) n/a $2,104.89* $2,179.00+ n/a $94.11
2.8GHz 13" (16GB, 1TB) n/a $2,706.29* $2,699.00+ n/a $50.00
2.6GHz 13" (8GB, 256GB) $1,619.00 sold out sold out sold out n/a $80.00
2.6GHz 13" (8GB, 512GB) sold out sold out sold out n/a n/a $444.01
3.0GHz 13" (8GB, 512GB) n/a $1,551.99* sold out n/a n/a $647.01
15" MacBook Pro with...
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2.0GHz 15" (8GB, 256GB) $1,884.99 on order $1,884.99+ $1,884.99 $114.01
2.0GHz 15" (8GB, 512GB) n/a on order n/a n/a $50.00
2.0GHz 15" (8GB, 1TB) n/a on order n/a n/a $50.00
2.0GHz 15" (16GB, 256GB) n/a $2,085.49* $2,199.00+ n/a $113.51
2.0GHz 15" (16GB, 512GB) n/a on order n/a n/a $50.00
2.0GHz 15" (16GB, 1TB) n/a on order n/a n/a $50.00
2.3GHz 15" (8GB, 256GB) n/a on order $2,099.00+ n/a $50.00
2.3GHz 15" (8GB, 512GB) n/a on order n/a n/a $50.00
2.3GHz 15" (8GB, 1TB) n/a on order n/a n/a $50.00
2.3GHz 15" (16GB, 256GB) n/a $2,182.49* $2,299.00+ n/a $150.00
2.3GHz 15" (16GB, 512GB) $2,489.99 on order $2,489.99+ $2,489.99 $109.01
2.3GHz 15" (16GB, 1TB) n/a on order $3,099.00+ n/a $100.00
2.6GHz 15" (8GB, 256GB) n/a on order n/a n/a $50.00
2.6GHz 15" (8GB, 512GB) n/a on order $2,599.00+ n/a $0.00
2.6GHz 15" (16GB, 256GB) n/a $2,419.18* n/a n/a $79.82
2.6GHz 15" (16GB, 512GB) n/a $2,686.89* $2,799.00+ n/a $112.11
2.6GHz 15" (16GB, 1TB) n/a on order $3,299.00+ n/a $0.00
2.4GHz 15" (8GB, 256GB) $2,034.00 sold out sold out sold out n/a $165.00
2.7GHz 15" (16GB, 512GB) sold out $2,182.49* sold out sold out n/a $616.51
2.8GHz 15" (16GB, 768GB) n/a $2,279.49* sold out sold out $769.51
Mac mini
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2.30GHz quad Core i7 Mac mini $794.00 $759.99 $749.99+ $799.99 $49.01
2.30GHz quad Core i7 mini Server $963.15 $963.15 $963.15+ n/a $35.85
iMac
iMac
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21.5" iMac (2.7GHz/8GB/1TB) $1,179.99 $1,229.99 $1,179.00+ $1,249.99 $1,179.00! $120.00
21.5" iMac (2.9GHz/8GB/1TB) $1,379.99 on order $1,379.99+ $1,499.99 $119.01
27.0" iMac (2.9GHz/8GB/1TB) $1,679.99 $1,696.83 $1,679.99+ $1,679.99 $119.01
27.0" iMac (3.4GHz/8GB/1TB) $1,959.00 $1,899.99 $1,869.00+ $1,999.99 $1,877.83! $130.00
27.0" (3.1GHz/16GB/1TB Fusion) n/a on order $2,099.00+ n/a n/a $150.00
27.0" (3.5GHz/8GB/1TB/780M) n/a on order on order n/a $50.00
27.0" (3.5GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion/780M) n/a $2,349.99 $2,349.00+ n/a $50.00
27.0" (3.5GHz/8GB/3TB Fusion) n/a on order $2,699.00+ n/a $50.00
27.0" (3.5GHz/16GB/3TB Fusion/775) n/a $2,699.99 $2,749.00+ n/a n/a $49.01
27.0" (3.5GHz/16GB/3TB Fusion/780) n/a on order on order n/a $150.00
27.0" (3.5GHz/32GB/3TB Fusion/780) n/a on order sold out n/a n/a $150.00
21.5" iMac (2.7GHz/8GB/1TB) $1,099.99 $1,039.99 sold out sold out n/a $259.01
21.5" iMac (2.9GHz/8GB/1TB) $1,249.00 $1,189.99 $1,299.00+ sold out n/a $309.01
27.0" iMac (2.9GHz/8GB/1TB) $1,499.00 $1,429.99 $1,499.00+ n/a n/a $369.01
27.0" iMac (3.2GHz/8GB/1TB) $1,599.99 $1,529.99 sold out n/a n/a $469.01
27.0" iMac (3.4GHz/8GB/1TB) n/a sold out $2,079.00+ n/a n/a $320.00
iMac
Mac Pro
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Mac Pro 2.4GHz 12-Core/12GB/1TB sold out sold out $3,698.99+ sold out sold out $100.01
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Quad Core)
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Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB/D300 $2,994.00 $2,994.00 $2,994.00 on order $2,994.00 $5.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/256GB/D300 n/a yet on order pre order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/12GB/512GB/D300 n/a yet $3,294.00 n/a yet n/a yet $5.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/512GB/D300 n/a yet on order pre order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/256GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet pre order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/256GB/D300 n/a yet on order n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/12GB/512GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/512GB/D500 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/256GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/256GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/512GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/12GB/1TB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/1TB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/1TB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/64GB/256GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/512GB/D700 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/256GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/64GB/512GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/1TB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/64GB/256B/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/512GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/1TB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/64GB/512GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/64GB/1TB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/64GB/256GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/1TB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/64GB/1TB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/64GB/512GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/64GB/1TB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
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Mac Pro
Mac Pro (6 Core)
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Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/256GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/512GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB/D500 $3,999.40 $3,994.00 $3,994.00+ on order $5.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/512GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/1TB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/32GB/512GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/512GB/D500 n/a yet $4,294.00 on order n/a yet $5.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/1TB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/32GB/256GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB/D700 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/32GB/512GB/D500 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/64GB/256GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/1TB/D500 n/a yet on order n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/512GB/D700 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/64GB/512GB/D300 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/64GB/256GB/D500 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/32GB/512GB/D700 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/64GB/512GB/D500 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/64GB/1TB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/64GB/256GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/32GB/1TB/D700 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/64GB/1TB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
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Mac Pro
Mac Pro (8 Core)
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Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/12GB/256GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/256GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/12GB/256GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/256GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/512GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/256GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/32GB/256GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/12GB/512GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/12GB/1TB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/512GB/D500 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/32GB/512GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/1TB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/32GB/256GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/12GB/256GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/12GB/1TB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/32GB/1TB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/12GB/1TB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/1TB/D700 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/32GB/1TB/D700 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/64GB/512GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/64GB/1TB/D700 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
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Mac Pro
Mac Pro (12 Core)
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Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/16GB/256GB/D500 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/32GB/256GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/32GB/512GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/32GB/256GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/32GB/512GB/D500 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/64GB/256GB/D300 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/16GB/512GB/D700 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/32GB/256GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/64GB/256GB/D500 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/32GB/512GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 3.0GHz/16GB/1TB/D700 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/64GB/512GB/D500 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/64GB/256GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/64GB/512GB/D700 n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet n/a yet pre order $100.00
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/64GB/1TB/D700 n/a yet on order on order n/a yet $100.00
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Apple Cinema Display
Apple Displays
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Sharp 32" 4K Ultra HD LED Display $2,905.50 $3,079.99 $2,989.99 n/a yet n/a yet $1,889.50
27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display on order $949.99 $949.99 $999.99 $989.00 $49.01