updated 10:15 am EST, Thu March 31, 2005
Research firm Piper Jaffray says it believes Apple's product availability is "improving as evidenced by the shorter lead times, particularly for both versions of the iPod Shuffle and Mac mini." On the online Apple Store, wait times for the 1.8GHz Power Mac, Mac mini, iPod shuffle, and Power Book G4 have all decreased significantly. The firm also noted in a report published this morning that Apple Products continue to be top sellers on Amazon.com. "In the latest check of Amazon.com's Top Seller list for computers, 4 of the top 10 computers were made by Apple ... we believe this shows that Apple continues to hold a significant computer market presence." For MP3 players, 8 of the top 10 were versions of the Apple iPod. "In another check on Amazon.com's lists of Top Sellers, operating system software [available for $95 after a $35 rebate], which has not been released yet, was the number 1 seller in the Software Top Seller category."