Shipping times for the new 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs were this weekend reduced to just 1-3 business days for customers in the United States and Canada. Both machines have been in short supply since they went on sale back in November, and just one month ago, the shipping delay reached its peak when it slipped to 4-6 weeks in Europe.
The new iMac boasts an all-new form factor that measures just 5mm at its edges, making it considerably slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. Apple uses a new lamination process to make the display so thin, and it’s thought this is the reason why production has been slow.
The new shipping times, however, are some of the best the new iMac has seen since its introduction. But they’re currently only applicable in the U.S. and Canada — and on default configurations. In Europe and other parts of the world, both the 21.5- and the 27-inch all-in-ones face delays of up to two weeks.
We’re expecting this to change in the coming weeks as Apple catches up with the demand and steadies its supplies. But for now, if you’re outside of the U.S. and Canada, your quickest route to a new iMac will be your local Apple retail store.