Apple is facing problems meeting demand for its new iMac range, reports continue to claim.

The company is facing production problems related to a shortage of 15-inch LCD screens, CNet reports. There's a risk the supply shortage could impact on the company's quarterly profits, analysts claim.

The report says distributors Ingram Micro and Tech Data have a backlog of orders extending 18.6 and 10.7 weeks respectively, and that they had received just 1,326 iMacs by March 4. Apple has already announced that 150,000 pre-orders were received in the weeks following the iMac's announcement.

Dealer delay This distributor report hints that, in the US, dealers ordering new iMacs may not receive inventory for up to 4.5 months – though it claims this may be the least optimistic estimate of waiting time. In the UK, the high-end iMac has begun to ship, but the entry and mid-range flat-panel models aren't available yet.

Cnet's report follows comments from analyst, Steve Fortuna last week, warning that production problems in Taiwan had reduced the number of shipping units well below predictions. The full report is available online.

Apple continues to decline to comment on the matter.