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Apple Begins Preparing First 27-Inch iMac Orders for Shipment [Update: Shipping]

As noted by a number of MacRumors forum members, customers who placed early orders for the new 27-inch iMac are beginning to see their credit cards charged and order statuses changing to "Preparing for Shipment". The new status indicates that the orders can no longer be changed or canceled and is the final stage before the machines are passed off to delivery companies.


Customers who have received updated order statuses are reporting that they are still seeing their originally quoted delivery times, which are typically in the range of December 21-31, but it seems that their orders may arrive slightly ahead of that window if they ship out in a timely fashion.

So far it appears that only U.S. customers have reported seeing their orders being prepared for shipment, but there are still only a few data points available. A number of those seeing their orders being readied for delivery have also included built-to-order configurations, indicating that custom orders will be arriving essentially alongside stock models.

Update: Apple has now begun shipping these early orders, with many customers seeing delivery dates of December 18 while a few are seeing dates as early as December 13. We're also hearing from customers outside of the United States that their orders are similarly progressing toward shipment.

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27 months ago

This iMac is going to be the centerpiece of our office. Perfect size for using Adobe InDesign and iBooks Author side-by-side as we convert our print books into ebooks.


That sounds really high tech and totally awesome , tell me more

Rating: 14 Votes
27 months ago

Great to hear, although sadly my BTO is not in this stage yet with an estimated delivery of 21st - 27th.


Bad luck Brian. iMac 27" finally ships, but world ends :p
Rating: 7 Votes
26 months ago

That sounds really high tech and totally awesome , tell me more

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That made me laugh and should be the standard reply to 90% of Internet posts, including this one.
Rating: 3 Votes
27 months ago
sweet:)
Rating: 3 Votes
26 months ago
I have 2 separate BTo's that both say preparing to ship but estimates haven't changed. 12/21-28. Credit cards were charged on 12/7.

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So items being prepared for shipment is news these days?
It is good to hear. I am happy for the people who bought 27 iMacs. But news?



When we have waited this long for "Macs", yes it is news. Good news.
Rating: 3 Votes
27 months ago
Nice ... in all honesty I want to see how the big 27" fares with the maxed out i7 with heat dissipation. The last gens got really hot up there and with a thinner enclosure I'm not sure how it will handle all that heat.
Rating: 2 Votes
27 months ago
So that nobody can cancel their orders knowing that their iMacs won't be shipped until 31 Jan 2013? :D
Rating: 2 Votes
27 months ago
Great to hear, although sadly my BTO is not in this stage yet with an estimated delivery of 21st - 27th.
Rating: 2 Votes
26 months ago
Woke up this morning in the UK to find my order BTO was preparing for shipment! Looks like I'll beat my 21st Dec delivery date :-)
Rating: 1 Votes
26 months ago
Luxembourg here.

BTO with 3TB fusion drive ordered from store.apple.lu first thing in the morning of 30 November, delivery scheduled for 21-28 Dec, later maxed out to to 3 Jan.

Status changed to shipping today (12/12/12). Received e-mail with projected delivery date of 19 December, but credit card is still not debited.

:D

Update: delivery date changed to 18 December!
Rating: 1 Votes

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