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eMac for everyone: the official press release from Apple Italy

"In response to pressing market demands, Apple has announced the immediate availability of the new eMac 'for the consumer segment. eMac, originally offered only to operators in the education sector, has attracted the interest of a wider audience since its launch, which took place in April in general applause.

Through all retail sales channels, Apple now offers a new eMac configuration, equipped with CD-RW unit and modem. And, as always, eMac boasts a bright 17-inch flat CRT monitor and a powerful 700MHz PowerPC G4 processor, enclosed in an incredibly compact design, less than 8 mm deep compared to the 15-inch 'cousin' iMac. With an Apple Store price of only 1,559.00 euros (including VAT), eMac is undoubtedly the most economical PowerPC G4 system of all time.

"Our consumer users would have made fake cards to buy the new eMac." We just listened to their requests, "said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "The production of eMac ahead of its time: for this quarter, therefore, we will have enough computers to satisfy all customers, regardless of the sector to which they belong."

The entire eMac range includes Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle software, including iPhoto 'to manage and share photos, iMovie' 2 to create movies and iTunes' 2 to organize your music library. In digital, of course. Thanks to the five USB ports and the two FireWire ports, eMac ensures simple plug-and-play connections to the most common peripherals, such as DV camcorders, digital cameras, printers and scanners.

The following are the characteristics of the eMac model for the consumer market: – 17-inch (16-inch diagonal) flat CRT monitor with a resolution of up to 1280 × 960 pixels and 24-bit color; – 700MHz PowerPC G4 processor; – 128MB of SDRAM ; – CD-RW optical drive; – 40GB ATA hard disk; – Integrated 10 / 100BASE-T Ethernet; – V.90 56K modem; – support for wireless networking with AirPort (IEEE 802.11); – digital amplifier integrated 16 watt and stereo speakers for unparalleled stereo sound; – audio input, headphone jack and microphone; – NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics with AGP 2X support and 32MB of DDR (Double Data Rate) video memory, for unparalleled 3D performance; – Apple Pro Mouse and Apple Pro Keyboard with regular sized keys; – Mac OS X version 10.1.4 and Mac OS 9.2.2; – an incredible range of bundled software, including AppleWorks, QuickTime, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mac OS X Mail, Top Calculette Pro, OttoMatic, Deimos Ris ing and Acrobat Reader.

Prices and availability Mac available as of now on the Apple Store online site (www.apple.com/italystore), at Apple authorized dealers and Apple stores, at the Apple Store price of 1,559.00 euros (VAT included).