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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Head-turning iMac inspires an O'ahu unveiling

Advertiser Staff

It's a sign of the times when a computer maker creates enough excitement with its radically designed machines to inspire a public unveiling at Ala Moana Park.

That's what's going on with Macintosh. Its devoted fans in the Hawai'i Macintosh and Apple Users Society are holding a public meeting today, 6:30-9 p.m. at McCoy Pavilion, to demo the new iMac computer.

The new iMac features a dome-shaped base and a floating 15-inch LCD flat screen. According to Apple, the new iMac is designed to serve as "the digital hub of a digital lifestyle," by connecting to digital gadgets, such as video cameras, MP3 players and PDAs.

But in a PC-dominated business, not everyone's impressed. David Calef, vice president of technical support for computing company SuperGeeks, cautions against putting too much into the free software and "digital hub" angle. "Microsoft does the same thing," he says. "Anything someone gives for free isn't really worth that much."