New iMac release date: Apple (AAPL) thinner iMac available this Friday, but when will it ship?

The new iMac is set to release this Friday, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

The 21-inch iMac comes with a 45 percent thinner display and is a remarkable 80 percent thinner at the edge.

That means the "All-in One" computer is a whopping eight pounds lighter.

The new iMac also has an option for a new "Fusion Drive," which combines flash and hard drive storage for faster reading and writing.

The new iMac goes on sale online and in-stores at the same time Friday and ships immediately.

However, according to , the 27-inch iMac can be pre-ordered on November 30th, but it will not ship until about mid-December.

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