Apple is reported to have cranked up iPod production in time for the Christmas shopping season, hoping to avoid the iPod shortages that marred last winter.

If Apple manages to meet demand over the holiday period, analysts expect that the company's shares could jump even higher than they did in the fourth quarter, clearing the way for a "lucrative fiscal 2005 first quarter", according to CIO Today.

And resellers are positive that Apple will be able to meet demand – at least in the US. Rosai Group sales manager Ethan Mevi said: "I don't think that there will be a supply problem in this quarter. From what I'm seeing, I think this is going to be a great quarter," he told NewsFactor.