1GHz eMacs?

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ThinkSecret reports that eMac updates are coming soon...

Highly reliable sources said that Apple's consumer eMac lineup will be expanded to three models. In an effort to fill the gap left by the departure of the classic iMac G3, the first will be a bare-bones 800MHz G4 unit that will ship with only a CD-ROM drive. The other two models will ship with a Combo drive and SuperDrive, like today's units, but will now both clock at 1GHz, and include larger hard drives.
Full specs are provided in the article of the upcoming machines, and the exact timing of the release is not specified.

The eMac was introduced in April 2002, and saw price drops in February, 2003. This would be the first major revision of the eMac.

ThinkSecret has also reported on upcoming iBook and iPod revisions -- also due soon.
 

VegetaPunk

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They probably will boot into OS 9 Im sure when they stop they will do it will a big anouncment Like the 970 :rolleyes: *wishes that he could use 970 right now*
 

iSmell

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If the prices stay the same, this would only make the CRT iMac prices (they're still available to edu) that much more ridiculous.
 

arn

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Originally posted by VegetaPunk
They probably will boot into OS 9 Im sure when they stop they will do it will a big anouncment
There's already been an announcement. Jobs said that After Jan 1, 2003... all new macs (and faster revisions of current macs) will not boot os 9.

arn
 

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Originally posted by scem0
I assume these will be priced the same as the current eMacs?
"At this time, we're unable to confirm the pricing for the new lineup. However, given the pricing for the two current eMac models -- $999 and $1,299 -- it's possible that the two new top-end models could keep those prices, with the new 800MHz unit shipping below that."
 

t^3

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How can all the new eMacs have Airport Extreme, but the low end iMac still has regular 'ol Airport?
 

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Originally posted by t^3
How can all the new eMacs have Airport Extreme, but the low end iMac still has regular 'ol Airport?
The same way that the 12" PB has Extreme, and the 15" still has regular :)
 

iwantanewmac

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Why do they still want to ship a mac with only a cd-rom?
Are there any other company's that ship computers with cd-rom only?
 

kansaigaijin

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extreme question? cause it takes a new motherboard to get it. the new ones will go extreme.

cd-rom? cause its cheap. maybe you don't want users burning discs either for some reason really save money, leave out entirely and netboot.
 

Datazoid

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This is really gonna make iMacs seem like rip-offs, you know. Between the low end tower ($1499) and these eMacs ($999?-$1299?), what is the point of the iMac? The low end iMac, from the sounds of it, will have performance WORSE than a computer $200 less than it, and lets see, a 1Ghz iMac for $1799 vs a 1Ghz eMac for $999 ($299 for superdrive). Moreover, how is AP Extreme going to be on the low-end eMac but not the low-end iMac? Yeah, LCDs are cool, but, its pretty hard to swallow that much cost difference ($5-700) just for a 17" LCD screen (or the 15" for that matter). iMacs are positioned at a mid-range (for Apple) price level, and I believe the PERFORMANCE should match, not just the monitor.

I need coffee...
 

physicsnerd

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Originally posted by iwantanewmac
Why do they still want to ship a mac with only a cd-rom?
Are there any other company's that ship computers with cd-rom only?
Yes, actually there are a lot of cheap PCs that have a good old cd-rom. The dell Dimension 2350 come with a 48X CD ROM Drive for $499. The Compaq Presario S3000V, S3000Z, and S3000NX also come with cd drives. The Compaq's start at $369. There's not much power in any of these systems. But for just browsing around online, and simple word processing they're fine.

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AhmedFaisal

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Bah... eMac, where is the Pizzabox Barebone????

That's what I would want. I don't want a friggin screen but I don't want a behemoth like the PowerMac either. I want the midrange Pizza Box Macs back. Something like this:

http://www.hushtechnologies.net/

If Apple doesn't finally come up with something like that I guess i have to switch to this VIA Epia Machine and run RedHat on it..... darn it......
Cheers,

Ahmed
 

DHagan4755

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It is curious that Apple -- according to Think Secret -- would release refreshed iBooks sans Airport Extreme, yet release a newer version of the eMac with Airport Extreme. :confused:
 

firestarter

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Originally posted by DHagan4755
It is curious that Apple -- according to Think Secret -- would release refreshed iBooks sans Airport Extreme, yet release a newer version of the eMac with Airport Extreme. :confused:
Hopefully they'll all go extreme.

In a mixed environment (lots of computers on the same wireless network) the network switches down to the speed of the slowest. So if Apple wants to push extreme for education, they really need to be releasing all products with extreme.

I think the eMac on extreme is a good sign for iBooks...
 

punter

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Re: 1GHz eMacs?

Originally posted by Macrumors
This would be the first major revision of the eMac.
When they added the superdrive wasn't that classified as a revision? I guess not a major revision, but it certainly made me think about getting one.
 

backspinner

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Re: Re: 1GHz eMacs?

Originally posted by punter
...but it certainly made me think about getting one.
I'm getting one. Actually, my sister bought one (700MHz) and a week later prices dropped. My father is getting one (800MHz) and now this rumor surfaces... I guess I just have to buy and lock myself out of macrumors ;)
 

seamuskrat

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CD ROM

I can say for the educational lines, havingf JUST a cd rom is essential. With a burner, youhave a highe rrisk of p3p sharing, software theft and other activities. I know the way my university works is that all students have a network account with space to save files. The lab computers are for worek only no saved files, no disks, etc. Keeps all the machines safe, virus feee and standardized. So for that purpose it makes sense.

For consumers, it makes sense because they may have an older Mac with an exteternal burner. I know my G4 tower 500 is DVD rom with fast extenal burner. Makes the most sense since I just copy a CD rather than image first , so I would not want a burner inside. Plus the CD is a faster CD speed than a combo drivw, so rip of cds goes better.

So its not dead, just another option for schools, budget minded folks, or those with external burners looking for an upgraded mac.
 

Blaq

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Re: Bah... eMac, where is the Pizzabox Barebone????

Originally posted by AhmedFaisal
That's what I would want. I don't want a friggin screen but I don't want a behemoth like the PowerMac either. I want the midrange Pizza Box Macs back. Something like this:

http://www.hushtechnologies.net/

If Apple doesn't finally come up with something like that I guess i have to switch to this VIA Epia Machine and run RedHat on it..... darn it......
Cheers,

Ahmed
AMEN! I've been waiting for ages for a reasonably priced box. I don't want to spend nearly $1000 on an 17" imac LCD screen that I have to get rid of when I want to upgrade my computer.

This CDN$ is killing me... these Powermacs are just way out of my range, and .mac costs more than six months of low-speed broadband!
 

Latino

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Re: Bah... eMac, where is the Pizzabox Barebone????

Originally posted by AhmedFaisal
That's what I would want. I don't want a friggin screen but I don't want a behemoth like the PowerMac either. I want the midrange Pizza Box Macs back. Something like this:

http://www.hushtechnologies.net/

If Apple doesn't finally come up with something like that I guess i have to switch to this VIA Epia Machine and run RedHat on it..... darn it......
Cheers,

Ahmed
The other day I was thinking about this pizzabox idea, and I came up with something.

Apple currently doesn't have a low end desktop without monitor. I mean, a LOW end. Something cheap and cheerful. Something for someone who has a PC and wants to move to a Mac, but has no need for a new monitor. Or something for that person who is considering moving to Mac but doesn't want to spend lots of dosh on something he/she doesn't know and is not familiar with.

How about this? A pizzabox mac with a G3... ok, I know half of you are going to criticise the idea because of the G3. But think about it this way.

It would be a basic machine for email, chat, browsing, the ocassional photo editing with IPhoto, or whatever. Simmilar market as the iBook but on a desktop.

Give it one of those G3s at 800Mhz and/or 1Ghz, bump the bus to 133Mhz, give it a CD-ROM with optional CDRW, one AGP, one PCI, optional modem, network , firewire, usb, and a radeon 7500 for example.

This would create a very cheap mac which also would be very capable for basic users. The G3 would limit this machine to non-pro people. For those, there's the G4 powermac.

What do you guys think? Think a G3 on this machine would be a good move? or should it use low speed G4s?

I know I would buy one in the blink of an eye for the right price. I also know my brother would buy one too. And at the end of the day, the more Mac users the better, right?

Also, here is a question for you lot. Why do you think Apple hasn't made this pizzabox idea a reality yet? what reason(s) do you think they have?
 
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