Apple has once again confirmed its plans to discuss its March quarter earnings on April 13 at 5pm ET (10pm UK time).

To ensure investors are kept up-to-date with Apple's second quarter news the company will make the earnings announcement available as a webcast.

Shareholders have also been invited to Apple's annual shareholder meeting on April 21 in Cupertino. This meeting is open to shareholders of record as of March 1 2005.

Apple is expected to reveal better-than-anticipated iPod product sales, some cooling of sales in its notebook range and increased desktop, software and retail store sales.

Analysts will be watching closely to determine the strength of Mac mini sales in order to assess the impact of the so-called iPod 'halo' factor.

Apple's shares closed at $41.89 last night.