Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has announced that its new iMac computer will be available starting Friday, November 30, through its online store, retail stores, and selected re-sellers. While the 21.5-inch iMac is ready to ship, the 27-inch version of the computer the company calls “the most advanced desktop Apple has ever made,” will begin shipping in December, though it is available to order.
What is Special About Apple’s New Computers?
Apple had said that it would launch the new desktop computers before the end of the month, so it is keeping its promise despite a report earlier in the month that production may have been delayed. The new 21.5-inch iMac features a quad-core Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) Core i5 processor and Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) GeForce G6 640M graphics, and retails starting at $1,299.
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The 27-inch version flaunts an advanced graphics card and starts at $1,799. The new iMacs have aluminum and glass casing that is only 5-millimeter thin. The desktops come with Apple’s new hybrid Fusion Drive, which combines 128 gigabytes of flash storage with a standard hard drive to create a single storage volume and optimize performance.
How Will the News Affect Apple’s Stock?
The statement from Apple eases worries that the availability of the new products may be delayed because of manufacturing constraints. The recent unexpected and rather wild drop in the company’s share price had at least partly been blamed on reports of low supplies of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, two new devices from which much is expected. While the desktop line contributes less to Apple sales than the iPhone, the high-end devices do possess a very high margin and are thus critical. The news should prove to be a positive catalyst to the stock.