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Apple lowered the educational price on the eMac tonight:

Apple's most affordable computer for education is now more affordable than ever. New prices start at only $779 for an eMac with a 17-inch flat CRT display (16-inch viewable) and powered by a G4 processor. For just $1149, you can get one with a SuperDrive and more speed, memory, and storage. The eMac has always been an incredible value by any measure, and at these prices it’s a steal. Its space-saving, all-in-one design fits on your desk at home, school, office, or dorm. Order one today and begin taking advantage of Apple’s amazing iLife suite of award-winning applications for everything digital and more.

This was sent to educational customers by email.
 

jholzner

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Jul 24, 2002
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Hmmm...maybe those rumors of them killing the eMac were true?? But, most likely they're just clearing inventory to make room for new models...they haven't been updated in a while. Anyone know if the original iMac is still availabel to edu customers? Maybe they lowered the price since they are no longer selling the original iMac to anyone anymore.
 

herr_neumann

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Mar 27, 2003
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maybe they are getting ready to lose these things. Damn CRTs always make everything to hot, then picture quality goes. Although keeping the same design but with a LCD would be kewl. It would give internal expandability without having to go into the pro-line.
 

QCassidy352

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Mar 20, 2003
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hehe, I already posted this news elsewhere...

I think this is good news. The emac doesn't have to be the fastest computer on the block, but it does have to be cheap to appeal to its target audience. And $780 for a 700mhz G4 is a good deal. $1150 for an 800mhz with a superdrive isn't bad either. Just having a G4 under $800 is a good move on apple's part.
 

coumerelli

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Apr 7, 2003
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state of confusion.
Maybe only for those who get the email

I was just looking on apple's web site and even in the store there was nothing about a price drop. The same prices (starting at $999) were still there. Maybe it's a deal just for educators or those who got the email. (10:00pm CDT, Tuesday)
 

NavyIntel007

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Nov 24, 2002
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Originally posted by herr_neumann
maybe they are getting ready to lose these things. Damn CRTs always make everything to hot, then picture quality goes. Although keeping the same design but with a LCD would be kewl. It would give internal expandability without having to go into the pro-line.

Yeah, I agree. Kinda like the All-in-one powermac way back when. Give it fixed graphics and an un-upgradable G4 but have one or two PCI slots or even PCMCIA.

I never understood why Apple wouldn't have some expandability on the imac/emac arena. PC cards would be cheap, easily implementable, and wouldn't cut into desktop sales much if at all.
 

Java

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Jan 13, 2003
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great prices

I must say that the price drop is impressive on Apple's part. Yes, the prices are just for educational students and teachers. I must say that an eMac with a g4 chip and the superdrive is awesome for the price.

Go Apple!
 

LinuxGigolo

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Oct 25, 2002
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It's also worth noting that the prices for K-12 and Higher Ed institutions is lower-still than the 'Individuals' prices that are listed on the main page of macrumors. The eMac with a CD-ROM drive can be had for $699 if you're a school. That... is excellent. And our dear old friend the iMac G3 is still hangin' in there at $649. Talk about cheap macs.
 

rice_web

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Oct 25, 2001
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If it doesn't have a modem, would most Mac users care?

Some estimates put broadband penetration at 20% of American homes; if that's the case, then one can bet that most Apple users have broadband. A dial-up modem shouldn't be necessary for most Mac users.

Besides, the consumer eMac can be purchased with a modem.
 

rice_web

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Oct 25, 2001
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Originally posted by LinuxGigolo
It's also worth noting that the prices for K-12 and Higher Ed institutions is lower-still than the 'Individuals' prices that are listed on the main page of macrumors. The eMac with a CD-ROM drive can be had for $699 if you're a school. That... is excellent. And our dear old friend the iMac G3 is still hangin' in there at $649. Talk about cheap macs.

$649 cheap? Let's take a look at what you get:

- 600MHz G3
- 128MB RAM
- 40GB Hard Drive
- CD-ROM Drive
- ATi Rage Video

The Classic iMac fails to bring Quartz Extreme, provide ample memory for Mac OS X operation, provide a large hard drive for use with iMovie, provide a decent CPU for iMovie (Apple recommends a 700MHz G3 or higher), and offers no DVD burner, or for that matter, a CD burner.

Let's take a look at what you won't get:

- iTunes with burning
- iMovie functionality
- iDVD completely
- Quartz Extreme

I'm sure there is even more that I'm forgetting, but the Classic iMac is by no means a great offering. Shave $150 off the price for educators and it may finally become a convincing deal, but not until then.
 

phampton81

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Jul 24, 2002
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this sounds a bit like a death rattle, although i would be sad to see it go, at this price i think they could really quiet the folks who say that there is no affordable mac, especially with a G4.
 

MrMacMan

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Jul 4, 2001
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Originally posted by phampton81
this sounds a bit like a death rattle, although i would be sad to see it go, at this price i think they could really quiet the folks who say that there is no affordable mac, especially with a G4.

Notice that this is only educational pricing aparently.
 

NavyIntel007

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Nov 24, 2002
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Why is apple only putting CD-rom drives on their bottom end products? Some programs are moving to DVD now and there's really no reason why every mac should not have a DVD drive to use the DVD player. It can't be that much more...
 

iSmell

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Mar 7, 2002
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G3 imacs still available

Everybody is talking about what Apple won't do with the portable line because they want to avoid confusion about price/specs, but look at the low end of what they're offering to individual edu customers right now:

imac:
G3 600/40GB/128MB/CD-ROM - $749

emac:
G4 700/40GB/128MB/CD-RW - $779

That's $30 to trade a 600MHz G3 and a modem for a 700MHz G4, a CD-RW drive, a bigger screen and way better gfx card.

$30.

Absurd.



I like monkeys
 

Phazer80s

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Jul 25, 2002
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Now THAT'S the way to appeal to buyers

Yes!!! Apple lowers a price point!

That's great for Mac-based educators and it can't be bad for Apple's bottom line. The price drops aren't very aggressive, but they're better than just a token amount. It seems the natural complement to the Jag for Teachers campaign; they're both decent ways to increase market saturation and awareness of OS X.

But a CD-ROM drive and no modem???? Now that's just bas-ackward. What is this, 1995?:rolleyes:

If you can't sweeten the Apples, you MUST make them easier to pick.
 

iSmell

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Mar 7, 2002
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Re: G3 imacs still available

By the way, G3 imacs are still available to edu customers and are shipping in 1-3 days.




Still,
 

Arcady

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May 24, 2002
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Originally posted by MrMacman
It might be late but I think I'm seeing lower prices...

You aren't talking about the lowest model, the CD only model...

...uh

The prices you are looking at are for institution purchases. The $779 price is for individual purchases as a student, faculty, etc.
 

ThorPrime

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Jun 6, 2001
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E-mac displays

If they do come out with a revised line of eMacs, I hope the display will be of higher quality. My school purchased 30 at the begining of the school year. 4 have had thier screens die.

not a good percentage.
 

Thanatoast

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Dec 3, 2002
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Not putting a DVD on what is supposed to be an educational machine isn't such a wacky idea. I'm sure it wouldn't take long for some students to walk in with [insert Adam Sandler movie here] and try to watch it during class. These aren't being targeted to consumers. There's no way they need a DVD drive or burner.
 

nagromme

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May 2, 2002
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$779 (individual) is NOT new this week--I noticed that edu price a week ago and posted about it then at MacCentral--and it may have been that low for much longer (I don't check the edu store much). Great price, though! But the old G3 iMac for only $30 less? Why bother?

(The eMac prices starting at $699 must be for institutions, not individuals.)

Looks to me like they dropped the eMac price a while ago--but only just publicized it widely now.

As for making modem, DVD play, and CD recording optional... they do cost something, so removing them lowers the price and makes good sense. I bet there are many labs full of computers that use none of those functions. I wouldn't be as eager to strip down a consumer machine so far, but these are for schools.
 

gotohamish

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Jul 15, 2001
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Re: Lovely!

Originally posted by macdong
Now I can finally get that teacher friend of mine to buy a Mac...

There was only $70 was the difference between your friend getting a Mac or PC?
 
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