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The new iMacs will finally go on sale this Friday, but a new report from the supply chain indicates you'll want to act quickly if you want one -- they'll be in short supply for the remainder of the year and into early 2013.
DigiTimes is reporting that Apple's latest iMacs may be hard to come by after hitting stores on Friday, November 30, and shortages may also affect the iPad as well until the first quarter of next year.
"Apple is expected to reach its shipment targets for both the iPad mini and 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs during the first quarter of 2013, as parts providers in its supply chain are expected to increase their yields by then," revealed unnamed sources close to Apple's supply chain.
Contributing to the problem with the new iMacs is that the LCD panels are coming from once source, which sources claim is LG Display. LG also provides panels for the iPad mini along with AU Optronics, which is said to be falling short of its own target of 10 million units in Q4 2012 by as much as four million.
LG Display is said to have developed "a new production process for mass producing the iMac panels," and its limited capacity appears to be contributing to a delay in shipments of the new desktop models.
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