The new iMac will make Apple’s self-selected deadline of a November release—but only by a margin about as thin as the new computer’s edges. The company announced early Wednesday that the new iMac will become available on November 30. You’ll be able to order both the 21.5in and the 27in versions of the all-in-one computer as of Friday at Apple’s website, but only the smaller incarnation will be available at Apple’s retail stores and authorised resellers. The 27in version of the new iMac won’t start shipping until December.
The new, slimmer iMacs were first unveiled back in October. Apple hyped the iMac’s 45 percent thinner profile (just 5mm at its thinnest point, Apple says), and the 3kg the computer sheds over its predecessor. The other significant new feature in the updated iMacs is the Fusion Drive option, which couples the speed and performance of an SSD with a traditional hard drive; we tested the Mac mini variant of the drive and were impressed with its performance.
At the iMacs’ unveiling, Apple promised that the 21.5in version would start shipping in November, with the 27in models to be available the following month. With today’s announcement, the company appears to be keeping the promise. We’re still waiting on word from Apple on whether it will keep its (already-revised) promise on another hotly-anticipated release, iTunes 11.