Apple distributor optimistic on Mac peripheral supply

Apple Computer's local distributor is awaiting stock of the company's striking new consumer machine, the iMac, in August, and is expecting no shortage of compatible peripherals for it. The peripherals issue is acute, because the iMac has no built-in floppy disk drive, so users who want a floppy or other removeable storage will need to plug it in one of the iMac's two universal serial bus (USB) ports. Apple spokesman John Holley says he expects plenty of USB devices to be available.

Apple Computer's local distributor is awaiting stock of the company's striking new consumer machine, the iMac, in August, and is expecting no shortage of compatible peripherals for it.

The peripherals issue is acute, because the iMac has no built-in floppy disk drive, so users who want a floppy or other removeable storage will need to plug it in one of the iMac's two universal serial bus (USB) ports. Apple spokesman John Holley says he expects plenty of USB devices to be available.

Among them will be the first SuperDisk drive for USB, which will be produced by Imation and Panasonic and is also slated for release in August. The drives will be fully read-write compatible with both PC and Mac-formatted 120Mb SuperDrive disks and conventional 1.44Mb floppies.

Holley says Apple is hopeful the local price point will be under $3000, and that the iMac will be followed next year by a consumer portable — matching the professional end of Apple's range, which includes G3 desktops and the new "Wall-Street" PowerBooks.

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