It’s a bad time to purchase one of Apple’s latest iMacs if you’re living in Europe. Shipping times for the all-new, all-in-one have slipped for the second time in under a month, and customers are now facing lengthy waits for both the 21.5-inch and the 27-inch models. The former currently has a 3-4 week shipping delay, while its bigger brother will keep you waiting 4-6 weeks.
These delays are currently making their way across Apple online stores in Europe, and they’re yet to reach the United States. Those in the U.S. could be lucky; the delays could remain at 2-3 weeks for the 21.5-inch iMac, and 3-4 weeks for the 27-inch iMac. But as is often the case, Apple may update the U.S. store a little later on to reflect the change.
Supply constraints have been a major issue for the new iMacs since they first went on sale last November. Its new design is reportedly difficult to manufacturer — particularly the new display — and it means Apple’s manufacturers cannot churn them out quick enough.
With the older iMac no longer available, Apple’s Mac sales took a big hit during the first fiscal quarter of 2013 — which included the lucrative holiday period — and the new iMac’s productions problems took most of the blame from CEO Tim Cook.
It seems iMac shipping times are going to get worse before they get better, then. If you’re hoping to bag one soon, you’ll have more luck at your local Apple store — and even third-party retailers — than you will from the Apple online store.