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Apple has more products to choose from this year than at any other time in the company’s history. Besides releasing updated versions of products already in their product grid, Apple has expanded its lineup of available products and released some brand new ones.
Of course, you can get other Power Mac models that start at $1,699 for the dual 867MHz model and rise to $4,599 for the ultimate build-to-order configuration.
For $1,000 less, you could opt for the 22-inch Cinema flat panel, which features a resolution of 1600 by 1024 pixels. And breaking the $1,000 barrier is Apple’s 17-inch display, which has a 1280 x 1024 resolution and sells for $999.
Apple has several new products that made their debut this year including a redesigned iMac. Available in various configurations that range in price from $1,199 to $1,999, the iMac’s main eye-catching feature is the flat panel display.
Taking the place of the previous generation iMac this year is the eMac. First introduced as an education-only computer, Apple soon offered it to the public and added a DVD burning SuperDrive. The eMac has a standard 17-inch CRT screen and comes with a 700MHz or 800MHz G4 processor.
Priced between $1,099 and $1,658, the eMac comes equipped with a Combo-drive or a SuperDrive, depending on the model.
For the budget conscious consumer, Apple is still offering three models of the original iMac. All three models have a 600MHz processor, a CD-ROM drive and a 40GB hard drive, and are priced from $799 to $949.
Other PowerBook models, priced at $2,299 and $2,799, feature an 867MHz processor with a Combo-drive at the low-end and 1GHz processor with a Combo-drive for the mid-range model.
There are four iBook models available that range in price from $999 to $1849. All iBook models come with a 700MHz or 800MHz G3 processor and all but the low-end model are equipped with a Combo-drive — the low-end iBook has a CD-ROM drive.
The product that grabbed most of the limelight from Apple this year was Mac OS X. Released in August, Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar boasts many new features and speed improvements and offers access to new iapps including iSync and iCal, both of which require 10.2.
Not all of your gifts need to cost hundreds of dollars. If a new piece of hardware is out of your price range, there are still things that would be useful to the Mac person in your life. Many people purchased an iPod before Apple released the wired remote and carrying case last summer. The remote, which will work any model iPod, and the carrying case are available for $39 each.
Apple’s QuickTime Pro can be purchased online for $29 and will open up many features that are unavailable in the free downloadable version from Apple’s Web site.
We will have other gift guides in the next couple of weeks that will feature games and peripherals in various price ranges for the Mac user in your life.