Long wait is almost over for iMac fans
'iMac, therefore I wait' appears to be the mantra for anxious Apple Computer fans in Hong Kong.
Apple's grand launch of the iMac will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday.
The launch of the sharp-looking iMac PC, originally scheduled for October 10, was pushed forward to Saturday in order to ensure sufficient supply, an Apple spokesman said.
Shortages of the popular iMac have been reported in the United States, and Japan quickly sold out its original quarterly supply last month.
The iMac's arrival in the SAR will be accompanied by a marketing blitz that includes TV, outdoor and print advertisements, direct mailings and a roadshow targeting schools.
Hongkong Telecom CSL outlets will sell iMacs, as will the dozens of Apple authorised dealers.
The iMac was the second-most popular computer sold in August in the US. However, despite so much pent-up demand, Apple still has not outsourced any iMac manufacturing to other companies.
Korean PC maker Trigem says it will release a US$599 version of the iMac early next year.
These computers will include a floppy-disk drive, which the iMac lacks.