Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iMac models may be due for a refresh soon, if reports emanating from its online stores across Europe are any indication.
Online stores across the continent from the United Kingdom to Germany have been seeing a delay in shipping times for all models of the iMac, affecting both the 21.5 inch and 27 inch models.
Analysts are interpreting this to mean a deliberate drawdown of the devices by the company as it may be planning to release upgraded versions.
Apple Insider said that "the delayed shipments are only affecting online Apple Stores in parts of the EU, while the U.S., Canada, and Asia Pacific markets are quoting immediate availability. Further, some European countries like Czech Republic are still showing all models to be in stock."
In fact, there have been reports of an iMac drawdown earlier by an authorised Apple service provider, who said that the channel supply for the computer was low.
It is expected that on October 23, the company would be unveiling a new lines of all-in-one Macs along with the iPad Mini.
Every recently there were leaked images of some parts of a revamped iMac "with a more organic teardrop shape and laminated display for maximum thinness."
Apple Insider further reported, "When Apple does decide to debut a new iMac, it is expected that the 21.5-inch model will be hitting store shelves first, followed by the 27-inch model soon after. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo noted in August that the screen lamination process has proved to be troublesome when applied to the larger-screened machine, suggesting the difficulties could lead to a launch weeks after the 21.5-inch iteration is released."