Apple executives also disclosed yesterday that problems in IBM’s manufacturing of the G5 microprocessor were the reason for the delay in shipments of the new iMac model.
“But in an interview yesterday, Mr. Jobs said that the problem was temporary and that he was confident that I.B.M. would resolve the problems by the end of the current quarter,” Laurie J. Flynn reports for The New York Times. “Like much of the semiconductor industry, I.B.M. is making the transition to 90 nanometer wafers, the latest in PC chip manufacturing.”
“On Tuesday, Intel executives disclosed that the transition to the new manufacturing process had caused inventory problems,” Flynn reports. “‘The semiconductor industry has a lot of problems in its move from 130 to 90 nanometers,’ Mr. Jobs said. ‘This is just a speed bump. I.B.M. has told us it will be over by the end of the quarter.'”
“This month, Apple announced that the much-anticipated new version of its iMac consumer PC would be delayed into the fall, meaning that the new system would not be ready in time for the back-to-school shopping season,” Flynn reports. “Analysts, however, said they were not concerned that the delay would cause any lasting problems for Apple. ‘Not having a new desktop for back-to-school is a problem, but not a big one,’ said Charles Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Company, which owns Apple shares. ‘Many students seem to be buying notebooks.'”
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