Shipping times for the new 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs has fallen again for the second time in under a week. You can now expect the popular all-in-one to be dispatched “within 24 hours” if you live in the United States or Canada, which is a huge improvement over the six-week delay that customers were facing just one month ago.
On Sunday, iMac shipping times fell to 1-3 days in the U.S. and Canada, which is the best they’ve been since the machines went on sale last November. But just two days later, they’ve been reduced again, and customers will have their shiny new desktop sent out the same day they order it.
Both the 21.5- and the 27-inch iMacs have been in short supply since they launched late last year. They come with an all-new form factor that’s both thinner and lighter than the previous models, measuring just 5mm around the edges. But the new production process — particularly for the machine’s super slim display — means Apple hasn’t been able to build them as fast as it would like.
Just one month ago, customers ordering the 27-inch model were forced to wait up to six weeks for it to ship.
Those outside of the U.S. and Canada will still have to endure a delay; in Europe, the 21.5-inch model is shipping within 5-7 business days, while the 27-inch model takes 1-2 weeks. You’ll also have to wait if you choose to customize your iMac, with build-to-order configurations in the U.S. taking 7-10 days.
We’re expecting these days to fall in the weeks ahead, so keep an eye on Apple’s online store. If you don’t want to wait for your new iMac, you could always try picking one up from your local Apple retail store, of course.