You didn't confuse me, I was trying to inquire about that other person's comment. I find it best for people to be clear about they're responding to, and that was the technique I was testing to help illustrate that.
I know you mentioned they weren't for sale or preorder, but I don't remember any mention by anyone about release date or month.
I don't fully get that either, but then, it means they don't have to take back nearly as much product.
Anyone have a chance to look in an Apple store? Seems like they must be clearancing the 2011 model.
This is highly unusual for Apple. The last time I rememer no units for sale was toward the me of the original iPhone but when they announced the iPhone 3G they had a ship date, an it was soon.
On top of that the iMac I'm getting ships after Black Friday. While this isn't a huge issue for a relatively low volume item that starts at $2k it's not a good thing te Apple to do.
I recall it happens once in a while, maybe not on this time scale so much. It might be an artifact of just-in-time manufacturing and changing production methods, given how they're changing how the display panel and the chassis are made.