Apple improves availability to 21 days on high-end G4s
By Brad Gibson
All the factors that go into customers ultimately getting high-end
on their desks seem to be improving as the availability of certain 733 and 667MHz G4 tower systems have been moved from a minimum four to six week turnaround, to 21 days.
has posted to its
online Apple Store
availability of 733MHz G4 systems with the SuperDrive option at a minimum 21 days (see photo at right). Previously, Apple was quoting a minimum four to six weeks. 21 days is also being quoted on 667MHz systems with CD re-writable drives as well. The 733MHz system with CD-RW is still being quoted at four to six weeks.
Strangely, dealers who buy directly from Apple are still being quoted a minimum four to six weeks on all 667 and 733MHz systems, sources told MacCentral.
There has been no public explanation for the change in minimum availability on the systems, and an Apple spokesperson did not return phone calls to MacCentral inquiring about the change.
Besides the improved availability schedule, MacCentral readers have confirmed high-end G4 systems are trickling out and customers lucky enough to order directly from Apple within days of the official announcement January 9 are starting to receive their prized purchases.
MacCentral reader Daniel Weber received his 733MHz system on Wednesday. “I ordered it on the 9th of January,” Weber said. “So they are shipping, just not in quantity. Mine was even a custom order (I added another hard drive)…Think that I could sell mine for a nice mark up?”
MacCentral reader David Saraceno received word earlier this week of a temporary charge by Apple on his credit card for his 733MHz SuperDrive system — an obvious sign his system should arrive sooner rather than later. But as Saraceno waits, he’s pondering why he can’t get blank DVD-R discs from Apple, when Apple CEO Steve Jobs promised as much in January.
“I purchased the 733MHz with the SuperDrive for the express purpose of creating DVDs,” Saraceno said. “However, the interesting part is that the (US)$49.95 five pack DVD-R blanks discs have not been available on the Apple Store Web site until shortly after Jobs finished speaking at Macworld Toyko. I (ordered) five five-packs, and was informed that there would be a 45 day delay … It’s nice to have a SuperDrive, but it’s annoying and confusing to learn that no media is available for a month and a half, at least. I know I can buy other media, but Jobs assured us that this price would be available when the machines shipped.”