From the online Apple Store:
Apple has stopped taking orders for the current iMac as we begin the transition from the current iMac line to an all-new iMac line which will be announced and available in September.
We planned to have our next generation iMac ready by the time the inventory of current iMacs runs out in the next few weeeks, but our planning was obviously less than perfect.
We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers.
“Apple Computer Inc. said on Thursday its next-generation iMac desktop computer will be delayed until September and that it has stopped taking orders for the current iMac,’ Reuters reports. “The delay means that Apple will miss the crucial back-to-school season for the new iMac. Apple earlier this week held its annual developer conference earlier this week and it often announces new products at the gathering… An Apple spokesman declined to comment beyond the statement issued by the maker of the Macintosh computer and iPod digital music players.”
“According recent reports from AppleInsider sources, Apple’s new iMac is currently undergoing pilot production runs at a Quanta facility, and has been for some time. AppleInsider has obtained a rough sketch of the new consumer desktop, but is still seeking confirmation of its accuracy,” AppleInsider reports.
“An Apple representative said the issue would not affect earnings for the third quarter, which ended Wednesday, but declined to comment on the effect for the current quarter, which runs from July through September,” Ina Fried reports for CNET.
See The Mother Ship’s announcement at The Apple Store online here.
[Thanks for MDN reader, Kevin K. for the heads-up.]
MacDailyNews Take: This is a weird one, folks. Not the usual product introduction by a long shot. We have to wait until September for it to be revealed? Two months of no iMac sales? Can this be right???
Related MacDailyNews article:
Apple CEO Steve Jobs hints at new iMac debut on August 31 at Apple Expo in Paris – June 30, 2004