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If you happened to catch the last Apple media event that was held at the California Theatre last month, then it shouldn’t come as any great surprise that Apple had been working hard on producing a new iMac range that features a thinner form factor. Retail contacts have been suggesting that physical Apple Stores were preparing their outlets yesterday for sales to go live today, with a number of stores in the United States initially receiving low stock levels to begin with. Regardless of the available stock, the time has come with the new 21.5-inch iMac being available for worldwide sales.

As part of the October press event that also saw the iPad mini and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display being introduced, Apple stated that the 21.5-inch iMac would launch in November with the its larger 27-inch brother being made available at some point in December. In the following weeks after the event, we have heard rumors speculating on the possibility that the new range of Macs would be delayed due to manufacturing difficulties, but it seems that Tim Cook and his company has managed to hit the stated initial November release date, even if it is by the skin of their teeth.

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At the time of writing, the 27-inch model of the new iMac range was available as a pre-order of sorts from the United Kingdom online Apple Store, with the estimated delivery time being given as between one and three weeks. Those looking to get their hands on the more expensive model will be hoping that the company fulfills their release commitments next month. Although the 21.5 and 27-inch models don’t go as far as coming with a gorgeous Retina display, Apple has managed to create a significantly improved machine that benefits from complex engineering processes to reduce the external form-factor.

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The display may not be Retina, but customers purchasing a new iMac will be in for a treat thanks to an improved screen design process that means the iMac is lighter and thinner. As part of the redesign process; Apple has removed the optical drive and has also provide customers with the option of swapping out a standard hard drive for a new faster Fusion Drive that offers the combined benefits of a hard drive mixed with the speed of an SSD. If the 21.5-inch iMac forms part of your festive shopping list then head on over to an Apple Store and grab it now.

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