What you need to know
- Anyone ordering a new M1 iMac today will still have a hefty wait before it arrives.
- Orders in the UK will take a month to arrive while those in the US will take up to three weeks.
Apple's new M1 iMac is proving popular with those who already have it, but those who don't are set for quite the wait even if they place their order right here, and right now. In fact, those in the United Kingdom will have to wait as long as August 12 for their new Mac to land on their doorstep.
It isn't much better news in the United States either, with M1 iMacs not set to arrive for up to three weeks from the point of order. The French are in a similar position to the Brits, as are the Germans.
Depending on the configuration and color you're looking for, there might be better a better chance of finding an iMac in stock, waiting to be picked up at your local Apple Store. I wouldn't bet on it, though. My local Apple Store has one configuration in stock and even then, only if you want the blue or silver version.
It isn't exactly clear whether this shortage is caused by huge demand or supply chain issues, but both are equally possible right now. Apple has reportedly just seen a bumper quarter in terms of Mac sales, after all.
If you don't mind waiting a while, there are some iMac deals to be had online beyond the Apple Store. If you're going to have to wait anyway, you might as well save some money while you're doing it, right?
Apple's M1 iMac is proving hugely popular thanks to its speedy M1 chip and funky colors. If its 24-inch screen is too small, rumors of a larger 27-inch+ variant began circling this week.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.