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Tuesday, May 03, 2005, 05:30 am PT (08:30 am ET)

Apple ups eMac specs

Along with new iMac G5 systems, Apple today quietly updated it's eMac educational desktop systems with faster PowerPC G4 processors.

A $799 model includes a 1.42GHz PowerPC G4, 256MB DDR333 SDRAM, an 80GB Ultra ATA drive Combo drive, ATI Radeon 9600 graphics card with 64MB video memory and a 56k internal modem.

A $999 model doubles the SDRAM and hard disk space and includes a double-layer 8x SuperDrive drive.

Both models ship with Apple's new Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" and include built-in 17-inch flat CRT displays.

BTO SDRAM Price Reduction

To coincide with both the new iMacs and eMacs, Apple today also dropped the price of its built-to-order RAM upgrades. An upgrade to 512MB of RAM now costs $50, while a boost to 1GB will set you back $225. This represents a reduction of $25 and $100, respectively.