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Old May 6th, 2003, 10:28 AM   #1
 
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Quietly announced this morning... Reasonable Canadian prices too.

$1199 for 800Mhz, 128MB RAM 40GB HD and a CD-ROM;
$1499 for the 1Ghz, 128MB RAM, 60GB HD and combo drive;
$1899 for Superdrive, 256MB 80GB HD and...
$2498 for 1Ghz, 1GB RAM Superdrive and Airport extreme.

Not too shabby.

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Old May 6th, 2003, 12:01 PM   #2
 
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With $1749 as the edu price for the Superdrive model that is a very sweet price.

Now if they've only solved the video board problem ...
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Old May 6th, 2003, 12:05 PM   #3
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I would think that the next "quiet announcement" shall come with a reconfigured iMac, leaving the major announcements for the PowerMacs and new 15PB.

Apple timed this just right, as many schools in Canada and the US are now placing their orders for the classroom computer, and even computer lab purchases. I recall the day when Apple had the classroom market with the Apple IIe and the IIgs. Those were the days..................... Still, with quality products they may again gain in their market share. We shall see.
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Old May 6th, 2003, 12:51 PM   #4
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Looks like to get 256MB standard on a new Mac its either the $1899 SuperDrive eMac or the G4 iMac starting at $1999.

Anyone using Mac OS X with 128 Mb and not wishing they had more RAM? Speak up!

Is RAM really that expensive?
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Old May 6th, 2003, 01:34 PM   #6
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Re: 128megs of RAM as standard on some Macintosh computers.

Are you nuts?

512mb is more like it. This <u>is</u> Unix, y'know.

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Anyone using Mac OS X with 128 Mb and not wishing they had more RAM? Speak up!

Is RAM really that expensive?
No it isn't expensive, except from Apple. You don't want to buy RAM from Apple, buy it from a third party like Crucial. Frankly, I'd rather Apple not even put RAM in their machines, and let me buy the RAM separate - they usually stick in a small amount like 256 and you have to trade it out anyways.
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No it isn't expensive, except from Apple. You don't want to buy RAM from Apple, buy it from a third party like Crucial. Frankly, I'd rather Apple not even put RAM in their machines, and let me buy the RAM separate - they usually stick in a small amount like 256 and you have to trade it out anyways.
Amen to that brother. But then the Mac faithful always need something to complain about. If it wasn't this then it would be "Gosh why doesn't Apple release a bare bones machine so that I can fill it up with cheap 3rd party RAM/HD/etc/etc".
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32MB ATI Radeon 7500 = ANCIENT!

128MB ram in the low and mid models = EMBARRASSING. OS X will chug... sputter... chug... cough

Airport Extreme support = Very nice! [img]smile.gif[/img] Next-gen 15.x" PowerBook, low-end iMac and iBooks SHOULD be next in line to get this.

DVD-ROM should be in the low-end model AT LEAST!

Our dollar's worth more now and SHOULD be reflected in the pricing: Low-end eMac should be $1099-$1125. Mid-eMac SHOULD be $1399. High-end should be $1799-$1825.

By the way, Apple's stock is starting to get back on track.
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Tomac - The eMac is designed for the educational market, and a super duper video card is not needed, all that is needed is one that will run Quartz Extreme. As for the RAM, it is kind of embarrassing, but I believe Apple knows that schools usually order large volumes of RAM, and they get them for quite cheap and if you offer the really expensive Apple installed RAM, it may hurt sales. Airport Extreme , very good, I'll get an iBook when they get Airport Extreme in them.
Again, since the eMac is aimed at the educational market, and the education market usually uses computers in a lab setting, a CD-RW or DVD-ROM isn't needed as the computers are usually hooked up to a server and if anything needs to be transmitted its over the network. If they want to watch the DVD, they most likely would do so on the "teacher" station which could be a PowerMac or the high end eMac. Having helped set up one of these labs, I see how the eMac is a great computer because Apple has slashed a lot of the features that work for a consumer model machine, but aren't as practical for a low cost education machine. A CD-ROM is all thats needed as its dirt cheap, and will run everything needed, as DVDs are only movies at the present time.

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