The Mysterious iMac Delay

Three months after Apple (AAPL) updated its iMac desktop computers, the company is still experiencing two-week delays in shipping its 27-inch model.

When the delay was first noticed on its online store in December, Apple attributed the delays to the model’s popularity, even as some owners complained about flickering screens and yellow-tinged displays. Apple said then that it was “working hard to fulfill orders as quickly as possible.”

Since then, however, the delays have mysteriously fluctuated. The iMac’s shipment delays were as short as one week just a couple of weeks ago, according to brokerage Piper Jaffray & Co., before creeping back up to two to three weeks on Apple’s online store. The Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York said Tuesday it had the 3.06 gigahertz iMac model in stock, but didn’t have the 2.66 gigahertz iMac model.

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