Apple has launched Apple Financial Services (AFS), a service designed to help consumer customers buy or lease Apple products - such as the PowerBook G4.

This is the first time in recent years Apple has put its weight behind a finance deal for its consumer customers.

In the UK, AFS will work with Sunderland-based credit-reference agency, The Associates, to offer low monthly repayments, flexible payment options, and no-penalty deals for early payment. When The Associates has approved a customer's credit, Apple will process the order.

Data protection information should be read prior to downloading the credit application form.