“After improving shipping times to 1 to 3 days and seemingly catching up with demand on new iMacs over the weekend, Apple today updated shipping times again to “within 24 hours” on its North American Apple online stores,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac.

Read more in the full article here.

All models, the 21.5-inch 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, the 21.5-inch 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, the 27-inch 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, and the 27-inch 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 are listed as “Available to ship: Within 24 hours.”

MacDailyNews Take: Five months late. The opening through which the AAPL shorts and fomenters streamed like locusts.

We were significantly constrained with respect to the new iMacs and were only able to ship them for the final month of the December quarter. We believe our Mac sales would have been much higher absent those constraints. – Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer, January 23, 2013

If you look at the previous year, our Mac sales were about $5.2 million. This year, they were $4.1 million and so the difference is $1.1 million. And so let me try to bridge that. iMacs were down by 700,000 units year-over-year. As you remember, we announced the new iMacs late in October and when we announced those, we announced that they would ship, the first one, the 21.5-inch would ship in November and we did ship it at the end of November, we announced that the 27-inch would ship in December and we did ship that in mid-December. And so there were limited weeks of ramping on these products during the quarter, we left the quarter with significant constraints on the iMac. And we believe we know that our sales would have been materially higher if those constraints would not have exist. – Apple CEO Tim Cook, January 23, 2013

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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