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Old Aug 24, 2004, 10:22 AM   #1
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Question eMac product lifetime?

The article with the specifications for the new iMacs seems to suggest that a low end model will be introduced and aimed the educational market. As the eMac currently fills this niche, what is likely to happen to it? Do you think Apple will discontinue the eMac in the near future?
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Old Aug 24, 2004, 10:39 AM   #2
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I doubt it. The emac is a LOT cheaper than a TFT screen imac will be until the price of flatscreens comes down. It's also a lot more rugged. Cheap and rugged - sounds perfect for education. I'd be amazed if Apple kill it off.
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Old Aug 24, 2004, 10:45 AM   #3
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I guess the current eMac is the last revision and will be phased out within the next few months. The problem with this is, of course, that the rumoured price of that education only iMac is much higher than the eMac's current price. While the eMac with its CRT has certain adavantages for the education market, manufacturers will cease producing CRTs in the not too distant future.
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Old Aug 24, 2004, 10:50 AM   #4
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If they do phase them out they will make an awesome machine for anyone to buy afterwards.
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Old Aug 24, 2004, 11:10 AM   #5
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I work at my college in the computer labs. Currently half of our campus computers have flatscreen monitors. From my experience, the flatscreens are nicer, but people touch them and press on them, and they don't last as long. Women have these deathly fingernails that they will press onto the screen causing distortion... trying to express why they can't get some .net crappy app to compile. I think it would be unwise to get rid of a CRT educational model... they are alot more durable. That said, I think apple also needs to expand their desktop offerings. Currently, you've got the overpriced all-in-ones and the expensive (although not nessesarilly overpriced) powermacs. IMO there is a big hole right in the middle. You guessed it... the cube.

Anyway, i expect the eMac to evolve... not dissapear. Just because of its affordability (extremely rare in the apple world of computing) and its durability.
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I doubt it. The emac is a LOT cheaper than a TFT screen imac will be until the price of flatscreens comes down. It's also a lot more rugged. Cheap and rugged - sounds perfect for education. I'd be amazed if Apple kill it off.

Rugged?

What are you doing with it, carrying it around?
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Rugged?

What are you doing with it, carrying it around?
I was referring to the durability of the CRT vs the TFT though I can see maybe I didn't use the right word
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Old Aug 24, 2004, 05:06 PM   #8
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The eMac may enjoy "legacy" status quite soon, all depends on Apple's plans for the education market.

Right now the eMac @ $625 in packs of 8 is an attractive unit.

Anything more expensive -- even if it's faster -- starts to look like an advertisement for buying a Dell.

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All depends on how quickly Apple can get the cost of the iMac G5 down to the old eMac price level.

May not be too quick at all, which is why we had the CRT iMac and eMac around for so long.
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Old Aug 24, 2004, 05:56 PM   #9
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working at a middle school with over 600 macs total and around 60 emacs I can tell you they can take a beating. I had them fall off desks, used at step ladders and written all ove.r A bit graffiti remover and they are good as new.
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I will bet my left testicle that the emac lasts another good year or two. In an elementary or middle school environment their is definitely a need for a computer whose screen will not break when a little finger presses too hard on it.

TFT's in an elementary school setting would be like putting a fine persian rug in a dog house instead of plywood.
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I think the eMac has a long life ahead of it, despite Moto's failings in the past their parent chip company has some promising plans for the G4s future so we may see 1.5ghz eMacs and beyond.
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Old Aug 24, 2004, 08:19 PM   #12
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flat screens for younger folk

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I will bet my left testicle that the emac lasts another good year or two. In an elementary or middle school environment their is definitely a need for a computer whose screen will not break when a little finger presses too hard on it.

TFT's in an elementary school setting would be like putting a fine persian rug in a dog house instead of plywood.
In my local library they have flat screens in their children's section.

All they did is double tape a piece of plexi-glass over it.

Works....


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Rugged?

What are you doing with it, carrying it around?
you ever been in an elementary school classroom? the computer has to be rugged
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you ever been in an elementary school classroom? the computer has to be rugged
Yeah, I used to volunteer in one. They were using an LC.
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