eMac “1.0 GHz G4”


When the iMac G4 replaced the iMac’s CRT with an LCD display, the educational market panicked. Young children and delicate LCD panels were a difficult sell. Apple filled the needs of schools with the eMac. From a design standpoint, it followed the iMac G3’s all-in-one CRT design but was sanitized in the iBook’s white polycarbonate case. Initially offered in 700 MHz and 800 MHz G4 models, it was the lowest priced Macintosh ever offered at $999 but available to education institutions only.

The eMac was later offered to the general public and saw a mid-life 1 GHz G4 revision. Aside from the 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, this model and featured a 17” flat-screen CRT display, a 32 MB ATI Radeon 7500 GPU, PC 133 SDRAM, an 8x “Combo” DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive, two USB 1.0 ports, two Firewire 400 ports, 10/100 ethernet, 56k modem and an optional Airport Extreme 802.11g wireless card.

This eMac features 1GB RAM, an 80GB hard disk drive, a “Combo” optical disc drive and boots to Mac OS X 10.2.5 “Jaguar”. This is a second-generation 1.0 GHz G4 model and cannot boot into Mac OS 9.