Apple is facing difficulty meeting demand for its new 17-inch LCD iMac, introduced at Macworld Expo, New York, reports USA Today.

US customers are meeting stock shortages and long waiting lists, the report claims. It adds that the New York Apple Store is currently holding a 1,000-person-long waiting list for the new Mac, while other Apple Stores have waiting lists of up to three weeks.

The article quotes Apple, which claims the model is “shipping to plan”. The report expresses some analysts concerns that Apple's apparent inability to meet demand could impact negatively on its financial results in the current quarter.

Apple's share of the US PC market was 3.4% in the first quarter of 2002, up from 3.1% a year ago, according to IDC.

The company refused to confirm previous reports claiming it would phase out the 15-inch LCD iMac in favour of its 17-inch models.