Apple now selling eMac to consumers

Apple today announced that its eMac all-in-one computer is now available to the general public to purchase. When the eMac was first introduced on April 29, 2002 it was available only to education customers.

"Consumers have pounded on the table demanding to buy the eMac, and we agree," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "The eMac's production ramp is ahead of schedule, so we'll have enough eMacs this quarter to satisfy both our education and non-education customers."

Apple is offering a new CD-RW and modem configuration eMac through all of its retail channels. The eMac features a 17-inch flat CRT and a 700MHz PowerPC G4 processor. Priced at $1,099, the eMac is the most affordable PowerPC G4 system ever, Apple said in announcing the product.

The eMac for consumers includes:

  • 17-inch flat CRT display (16-inch diagonal) with up to 1280-by-960 pixels in 24-bit color;
  • 700 MHz PowerPC G4 processor;
  • 128MB SDRAM;
  • CD-RW optical drive;
  • 40GB ATA Hard Drive;
  • built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet;
  • a 56K V.90 modem;
  • support for optional AirPort wireless networking;
  • integrated 16-watt digital amplifier and stereo speakers for great stereo sound;
  • an audio-in port, headphone jack and microphone;
  • NVIDIA GeForce2 MX AGP 2X graphics with 32MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) video memory;
  • Apple's optical Pro mouse and full-size Apple Pro Keyboard;
  • Mac OS X version 10.1.4, Mac OS 9.2.2; and
  • a software bundle that includes Quicken Deluxe 2002, AppleWorks, QuickTime, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mac OS X Mail, WorldBook Mac OS X Edition, PCalc, OttoMatic, Deimos Rising and Acrobat Reader.
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