Apple next week will introduce a set of desktops which it claims will make it a bigger player on the desktop.
A representative confirmed today that it will introduce the G3 desktop series next week in the USA but is previewing the series this Thursday with a star cast here in the UK.
At Apple Expo UK, Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, Brian Adams, a popular music singer, and Damien Hirst, an artist famous for cutting sheep in half, will preview - and endorse - the systems.
The G3 series will come with Power PC 750 microprocessors in a total of three flavours.
There is an entry level machine, dubbed by Apple and the artists the G3 233. That will include a large hard drive - probably made by Quantum. It will also include a 24-speed CD drive.
But the higher end systems are the more interesting. They come with disk drives, probably made by Quantum again, with drive sizes of between 4Gbytes and 6Gbytes, a source confirmed.
And the machines are also set to include Zip drives, made by Iomega, as part of the reduced prices Apple is offering.
According to US sources, the fresh Apples will cost between $2,000 and $3,000, so undercutting the PC market.
Said Sukh Rayat, general manager of distributor Flashpoint, which now deals with PC companies rather than Motorola and Apple to which it was formerly close: ?Apple is not growing at all. Now that market is going to a niche. Neither it nor Motorola is taking market share away from that niche.?
Iomega said it refused to reveal its OEM prices to anyone, whether they manufactured IBM compatibles of Apples.
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