The eMac was a variant of the iMac from computer manufacturer Apple. The eMac had a G4 processor, a CRT display with a diagonal of 43 cm (17 ") with a flat front, built-in speakers and various connection options for peripherals.
Until the launch of the Mac mini, this Mac was the cheapest Macintosh on the market. Where the i for the iMac stands for internet, the e for eMac stands for education; the eMac was specifically designed by Apple for the education market. Due to the high demand for the eMac, it was later also available for everyone else.
In 2005, Apple decided to resell the eMac only to educational institutions because the LCD technology used in the iMac became affordable for consumers. In July 2006, the eMac was replaced by a 43cm iMac Core Duo with an 80 GB hard drive (versus 160 GB in the consumer iMac), an Intel GMA 950 graphics chipset (versus the Radeon X1600), a ComboDrive (versus the SuperDrive) and without built-in Bluetooth and an Apple Remote. This made this eMac more than 500 euros cheaper than the iMac, which is very beneficial for educational institutions.