A spokesman for Apple UK today confirmed that Apple will honour orders made in the UK for its G4 400MHz and 450MHz machines before October 13.

The guarantee does not extend to the 500MHz model.

Apple claims that it had not yet placed the 500MHz machines 'online', and retailers taking orders in the UK for this model had been - while acting in good faith - taking orders on a G4 model that was not yet officially ready for pre-orders.

If you ordered a 500MHz machine then your choice is to re-order a lower spec machine, at the same price as the 500MHz was originally advertised at, or wait until the first quarter of next year when Apple - all being well - expects to be able to ship these machines.

Otherwise, the new pricing structure announced last week applies to all new customers.

Visit these links to see how this story has developed, from Apple's announcement of G4 chip shortages (see "Chips are down on Apple profits"), to Apple's decision to drop the specifications of their new range,(see "Apple drops G4 speeds") ,and Apple's final commitment,(see "Apple 'to honour G4 orders'")