The new configurations come amid a flurry of activity at the company. On Saturday, Apple will release the much-anticipated iMac, a $1,299 Macintosh with a 233-MHz G3 processor and high marks for style. The relatively affordable computer is expected to boost both revenues and unit shipments.
The new G3 systems, which are modifications of the performance and features of current Power Macs, range in power from the 266-MHz G3 processor to the 333-MHz chip.
Apple has not officially announced a G3 system with a 366-MHz processor. That corporate technicality, however, has not stopped some resellers from advertising 366-MHz systems, or even taking orders, for the machines. Cyberian Outpost is taking orders for a 366-MHz G3 with 128MB of memory, a 4.5GB hard drive and a 24X CD-ROM for $2,877.95.
The skullduggery surrounding the 366-MHz systems stems from manufacturing issues, said sources. Apple was ready to release the 366-MHz systems but has not been able to make enough systems to meet prospective demand. Cyberian's Web site states that the product should begin shipping on August 15. Other electronic resellers, including MacMall have posted ads and information on the 366-MHz systems.
The latest configurations, which all include CD-ROM drives, are as follows: