Apple Stores Running Out Of 27-Inch iMacs Ahead Of Rumored Refresh

Apple Stores Running Out Of 27-Inch iMacs Ahead Of Rumored Refresh

It’s probably not a good time to buy an iMac.

On August 22, it became apparent that retailers across the United States were beginning to see shortages of 27-inch iMacs, sparking speculation that Apple’s popular all-in-one could be about to get a much-anticipated refresh. Now those tight supplies are affecting Apple’s own retail stores, which are quickly running out of both 27-inch iMac iterations.

MacRumors reports that when using Apple’s online Personal Pickup service to survey Apple store stock, it appears the 27-inch iMac is currently unavailable for approximately half of the 249 retail stores across the U.S. Customers have the option to place orders online, but they won’t be able to pick them up from some stores until as late as September 11.

Most of Apple’s Macs are usually available for immediate pickup when reserving through the online store, but for those that aren’t, Apple will ship your order to your local store for pickup within roughly seven days. That’s not the case for the 27-inch iMac, however, which is unavailable for immediate collection at 120 stores across the U.S.

Most stores are quoting a pickup date between September 4 and September 7, but others aren’t expecting new stock until September 11.

What’s interesting is that like third-party retail stores, supplies appear to be tight for Apple’s largest iMac only, with the 21.5-inch model still widely available. According to MacRumors, only seven stores didn’t have this model in stock, but all of them were expecting them in between September 4 and September 7.

When Apple products become difficult to get hold of like this, it usually means one of two things: either Apple is gearing up to discontinue the device, or it’s about to issue a refresh. The first scenario is almost certainly not going to happen for a product as popular as the iMac, which suggests the desktop could soon be about to see an update.

The machine is still awaiting the Intel Ivy Bridge processors that have been introduced to Apple’s notebooks, and some reports have claimed that they will be appearing this October. That’s now looking increasingly likely.

  • MonsterRobert97

    I hope the 21.5 inch iMacs have an upgrade.

  • Marc Negron

    That’s a pretty awesome coincidence that those stores are all around where I live. Haha. Especially the Mall at Millennia one. I can see it through my condo window.

  • technochick

    Processor upgrade, avail SSD on all, new ram options on all iMacs and the mini.

    The high end 27 is going retina as the test unit in that lineup. Basically think the 15 inch version but on a stand. Same pulling the ODD, etc

    They are also revamping the Apple TV box as well as adding HDMI to the new retina Cinema Display, which will come in at least more, larger size. THAT is the tv sets evey one keeps posting ‘leaks’ about

    Oh and the iPad mini. Not what folks think. It’s the new iPod touch.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Processor upgrade, avail SSD on all, new ram options on all iMacs and the mini.

    Since these things could have been out months ago, I would hope the delay means a complete redesign for the iMac, but I’m not getting my hopes up. At best they’ll drop the optical drive. But instead of just making it thinner (except they will), they really ought to give the option for two proper hard drives and an SSD or three SSDs on both sizes and all models.

    …adding HDMI to the new retina Cinema Display

    I somehow really doubt that, and the size increase. And if they’re going retina on the iMac, wouldn’t you imagine they’d do them both at once? A 5120×2880 screen isn’t gonna be easy to make without already having made a proper 3840×2160 screen.

  • thegraphicmac

    FINALLY! I hope this prediction rings true, because I’m tired of waiting. I somehow can’t buy into a Retina iMac at 27″ right now. Retina displays are too new, and that’s too large of a screen – the retina display wouldn’t really make that much of a difference. I wouldn’t doubt a Retina Cinema Display at a smaller size as much as an iMac w/Retina though. Who knows…

  • CultureX

    Hopefully with a matte display option. Or else it is a deal-braker, since it is a serious health and productivity issue. MacMatte.

  • Tallest_Skil
    Hopefully with a matte display option. Or else it is a deal-braker, since it is a serious health and productivity issue. MacMatte.

    zunx, I swear, you’ll be banned from AI if you start spamming OTHER sites with your trash. I’m sick of this filth. It’s nothing but a lie.

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