As a business, Apple continues to shine with analysts issuing positive comment as the end of its second quarter looms.

Credit Suisse First Boston yesterday raised its estimates on the computer company. A fact-finding mission through Taiwanese components vendors revealed that sales of both Macs and iPods are "tracking above normal seasonal calendar first-quarter patterns."

Forbes reports that the research firm now expects three times its original estimate of 500,000 iPod shuffle sales, or 1.5 million sales in the quarter. Apple is predicted to ship 4.2 million hard drive based iPods.

Mac mini sales are anticipated to hit 150,000 units, with Mac unit shipments rising 35 per cent eyar-on-year (15 per cent if you exclude the Mac mini.

The analyst now expects 2005 revenue to reach $15.6 billion.