Following rumors that both a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and updated iMacs will ship this fall, a new report claims that Apple’s suppliers have already begun shipping the devices to Apple, and that they are expected to become available sometime in September or October.
Apple’s upstream supply chain reportedly started mass shipping new iMac all-in-one PCs and Retina Display 13.3-inch MacBook Pros in September, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. The sources estimated that the official launch of the Retina Display 13.3-inch MacBook Pro should be in either September or October to target back-to-school demand and the year-end holidays.
The report also notes that high-end models of the iMacs are facing significant supply issues, and won’t be released with the rest of the updated iMac models, although Apple will still release new entry-level and mid-range models in the coming weeks.
Fox News recently reported that new iMacs are imminent, and Apple has been seeing diminished stock of the 27-inch iMac for a while now. We’re also hearing that Apple is planning to release an updated Thunderbolt Display soon, as Thunderbolt Display supplies also appear to be restricted. Reports from late last month also claim that production has already begin for 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro displays.
It’s worth noting that DigiTimes has a very spotty track record, although they do sometimes offer correct claims. Further, the report does line up well with previous claims from typically accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.