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The eMac, which Apple launched to target the education market, was introduced in April 2002 - shortly after the iMac G4. Shortly afterwards it was available to the general public, instead of just educational institutions which it had previously been restricted to. However, on October 12, 2005, Apple again restricted the eMac to educational institutions for unspecified reasons.

The eMac's life officially ended on July 5, 2006, when it was replaced by an education only model of the iMac, although it was still sold for a short while afterwards while supplies lasted.

Contents

Rev. A

Overview

The eMac was only initially available to the education market when it launched in April 2002. Eventually Apple sold the eMac to the general public alongside the iMac G3 and the iMac G4 which was being marketed as "The new iMac". The eMac was built with a 17-inch CRT yet was still roughly the same size as the 15-inch iMac G3.

Specifications

Low-end Mid-range High-end
Price (USD) $999 (Education Only) $1,199 (Education Only)
$999 (June 2002) $1,099 (June 2002) $1,499 (August 2002)
Discontinued February 2003 $999 (February 2003) $1,299 (February 2003)
Processor PowerPC G4 at 700 MHz PowerPC G4 at 800 MHz
100 MHz system bus, 64 KB L1 cache, 256 KB L2 cache
Memory 128 MB PC-100 SDRAM 256 MB PC-100 SDRAM
Supports up to 1 GB (2x 512 MB)
Storage 40 GB Ultra ATA 60 GB Ultra ATA
Media CD-ROM, CD-RW (June 2002) ComboDrive 2x SuperDrive
Display 17" 1280x960 CRT (16-inch viewable)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce2 MX with 32 MB DDR SDRAM

Rev. B

Overview

On May 6, 2003, the eMac received an incremental update. The update featured a lower price with a faster processor, faster RAM, a faster SuperDrive and a more powerful graphics card.

Specifications

Low-end Mid-range High-end
Price (USD) $799 $999 $1,299
Discontinued October 2003 $799 (October 2003) $1,099 (October 2003)
Processor PowerPC G4 at 800 MHz PowerPC G4 at 1 GHz
133 MHz system bus, 64 KB L1 cache, 256 KB L2 cache
Memory 128 MB PC-133 SDRAM 256 MB PC-133 SDRAM
Supports up to 1 GB (2x 512 MB)
Storage 40 GB Ultra ATA 60 GB Ultra ATA 80 GB Ultra ATA
Media CD-ROM ComboDrive 4x SuperDrive
Display 17" 1280x960 CRT (16-inch viewable)
Graphics ATI Radeon 7500 with 32 MB DDR SDRAM

Rev. C

Overview

On April 13, 2004, the eMac received another incremental update. DDR SDRAM was now included alongside a faster processor. The SuperDrive was also doubled in speed to 8x instead of 4x.

Specifications

Low-end High-end
Price (USD) $799 $999
Processor PowerPC G4 at 1.25 GHz
167 MHz system bus, 64 KB L1 cache, 512 KB L2 cache
Memory 256 MB PC-2700 DDR SDRAM
Supports up to 1 GB (2x 512 MB)
Storage 40 GB Ultra ATA 80 GB Ultra ATA
Media ComboDrive 8x SuperDrive
Display 17" 1280x960 CRT (16-inch viewable)
Graphics ATI Radeon 9200 with 32 MB DDR SDRAM

Rev. D

Overview

The eMac received its last update on May 3, 2005. It was the only eMac to ship with Mac OS X Tiger.

Specifications

Low-end High-end
Price (USD) $799 $999
Processor PowerPC G4 at 1.42 GHz
167 MHz system bus, 64 KB L1 cache, 512 KB L2 cache
Memory 256 MB PC-2700 DDR SDRAM 512 MB PC-2700 DDR SDRAM
Supports up to 1 GB (2x 512 MB)
Storage 80 GB Ultra ATA 160 GB Ultra ATA
Media ComboDrive 8x SuperDrive
Display 17" 1280x960 CRT (16-inch viewable)
Graphics ATI Radeon 9600 with 64 MB DDR SDRAM


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