Apple supply chain now mass shipping new iMacs, 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, say sources

“Apple’s upstream supply chain reportedly started mass shipping new iMac all-in-one PCs and Retina Display 13.3-inch MacBook Pros in September, according to sources from the upstream supply chain,” Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes. “The sources estimated that the official launch of the Retina Display 13.3-inch MacBook Pro should be in either September or October to target back-to-school demand and the year-end holidays.”

Lee and Tsai report, “As for the iMac, Apple originally planned to release three new models with upgraded panels and CPUs, but due to poor yields of the panels, the mass production of the high-end model, has been postponed, without any launch schedule. The other two models – targeting the mid-range and entry-level segments – saw shipment volumes from the supply chain increase in September.”

Read more in the full article here.

Related articles:
Apple soon to unveil new lineup of desktop iMacs – September 7, 2012
New iMac model shows up in online benchmark testing – August 31, 2012
13-iInch MacBook Pro with Retina display appears again in online benchmarks – August 10, 2012


  1. Cryptic “5” in the announcement… 5 products? New iPhone, new iMac(s), new 13.3″ retina MBP, iOS6, mini iPad???


    One thing for sure… I’m am going to owe the wife something special come Wednesday afternoon…

    1. No….and one must wonder why it is taking Apple so long to produce what the rest of the Windows-based PC world has been using for so long. If one holds to the belief that production problems with the “new” glare-free LCD monitors have delayed release then perhaps this “new” feature is the cause of the wait. Personally, I thought that the LCDs of last year’s models were quite good. I would eschew the glare-free monitor for USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, faster RAM, and a larger SSD now.

      1. Apple’s production problem isn’t glare-free LCD displays — it’s with large “Retina” LCD displays. Sharp’s factory producing these displays is new and they’ve apparently encountered significant manufacturing issues. It’s looking like the new “Retina” iMac models will be delayed.

        This means some buyers may delay iMac purchases even longer.

    1. Why? are you privy to some announcement of an apple product before anyone else? You get mad at a rumor. Who says that displays are the issue? How dumb do you think Apple is?

  2. “Captin! Aye cannot can get the panel yields up for the fleet.”

    “Aye Mac, aye cun see dat, we’ll just have to send whatever ships we can muster… We’ve waited too long already…Prepare to warp…”

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.