Apple released the eMac 20 years ago today
This is an Apple gadget intended primarily for educational and computer lab use.
In the United States, the original eMac priced $999. A flat 17-inch CRT display, a 700MHz PowerPC G4 processor, 128MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive, five USB ports, two FireWire connections, two speakers, and a built-in CD-ROM drive are all included in the white chassis.
A $1199 upgrade with a faster 56K Internet modem is available. “Our school clients wanted us to develop a desktop computer specifically for them,” Steve Jobs stated in April 2002, referring to the new eMac, which featured a 17-inch flat CRT display and a fast G4 processor. powerful, while still maintaining the small all-in-one design that instructors prefer.”
The original EMac came with Mac OS X version 10.1.4, dubbed “Puma,” and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer pre-installed. Early in 2003, months after the eMac’s release, Apple launched its own Safari web browser.
In June 2002, Apple made the eMac available to all customers due to high demand.
“We will have enough eMacs this quarter to suit both our education and non-educational customers,” Jobs stated, noting that production of the eMac is ahead of schedule.
Apple has continued to develop eMac versions with improved specifications including a SuperDrive. The eMac made a limited return to educational institutions in October 2005, and in July 2006, it was replaced by the more economical 17-inch iMac.