What do you think will happen to the eMac?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by iowamensan, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. iowamensan macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    In all the talk about everything being Intel by the end of the year, I am left wondering what will happen to the eMac. I can't really see them making them intel, but will they possibly keep it around as a G4? As a technology coordinator for a K-12 school, I would hate to see it go away as it is the best choice out there for a computer lab. Pricewise and convenience, nothing compares. I plan on buying about 80 of them this summer to replace a few labs. If it will be discontinued, any guesses as to when?
  2. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    given that it's been taken off the consumer market and not updated in ages, I think it will disappear. That would be a real shame, though, because it's definitely the best choice for schools. Hopefully they'll replace it with something.
  4. galstaph macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    I thought it was already dead... eol product, just selling off excess stock left over to students and schools. It was a nice product, perhaps they'll make a replacement (scaled down imac?) for it in the future
  5. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    Just to make matters worse, the Intels don't support classic, meaning schools can't run their old apps like they could have on the G4 eMacs.

    At my school, this year we just got eMacs in all of the labs, and are just enough for the programs everyone runs (word, safari, easy stuff, the eMacs are replacing iMac G3's).

    I wonder what Apple's plan is for schools and if they will come out with a machine for schools.
  6. D34th macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2006
    If they don't keep it I think they will definitely replace it with something just like it just for the educational market, but also made available for the consumer market...thats just my 2cents though...
  7. Willis macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2006
    What feels like the middle of nowhere
    The eMac was only taken out of consumer. Its still for sale in the education market. I think they will update it will an Intel. doesnt Apple usually have an education show in the UK soon? Im sure they had one last year, but i cant find anything on their site :confused:
  8. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    I am at the education page for Bradley University and I don't see it anywhere.
  9. The Senator macrumors regular

    The Senator

    Feb 18, 2006
    I dont know what apples plans are education wise, My school system 10 years ago was all apples in every school, and my system is pretty big. Now there are no more apples anywhere not even in the elementary schools. Their all these crappy pcs. I shed a tear when i was in an elementary school and saw the pc computers.
  10. gallagb macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2004

    you have to be an institution to purchase them new from apple

    meaning- you are the school buying xx # of machines for your students
    not you are a 'member' of the school... teacher/student...etc

    occasionally, however, they are available refurb to everyone-
  11. AlBDamned macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    Lot's of authorised resellers also have them new and you don't need to be an institution to buy from them. They're an ok product I guess.
  12. nitynate macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2006
    Clearwater, FL
    I hope they put in 15 inch lcd's like the old imacs, it would be nice for school as our emacs are running poopie OS 9 on 800mhz emacs.

  13. AlBDamned macrumors 68030


    Mar 14, 2005
    It would be pretty cool if a new eMac brought the G4 iMac design back but with low end intel processors. They'd have a [repeat] hit on their hands.
  14. m-dogg macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2004
    They should keep the eMac on PPC, and throw in a single 2.5 or 2.7 G5 once the PowerMacs go Intel.

    Schools like the durability of the eMac, it would be a shame to see it go. Unfortunately, I think they'll probably drop it all together at some point later this year.
  15. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I think there may be a new "eMac" variation on the 17" iMac--possibly much cheaper and lower-spec'd, aimed at kids. Core Solo? Integrated graphics? No iSight? No remote? No Mighty Mouse without BTO? No AirPort without BTO?

    And with a hard acrylic protective face over the soft LCD.

    I would have thought a CRT machine would remain for schools, but a covered LCD has the same durability, and LCD costs are coming down. Then add Steve's recent comment about how they "may" have no more CRTs in the coming year.

    And a thicker front plate on the current Mac Mini design would cost less than developing a whole new eMac form factor.

    The eMac name might vanish, but I think something will replace it. LCDs are normally just too easily damaged.
  16. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    Wheaton/Normal, IL
    It's already gone. There's no debate. I would love to see an Intel one, but the point is, it's just not even for sale anymore. They don't even have refurbished models online.

  17. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    eMacs are still for sale to schools. I'm looking at the Apple Store now and its listed as shipping in 1-3 business days for $649. So not entirely gone.

    EDIT: I should note they're still selling 3 models, going up to $900.
  18. lonelemur90 macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2006
    New Jersey
    wow yeah this is a really bad time to get new apples for a school. the emacs are definitely on their way out and hopefully will be replaced by an imac-like all-in-one for the education market. perhaps this will be of help.http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=204372

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