Apple have launched a $499 Mac, as they were predicted to do. The new low-end Mac is about the size of a CD box set and comes packed with 40GB hard disk, a slot-loading CD burner, a 1.25Ghz G4 processor, a Radeon 9200 card with 32MB of RAM. FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 are supported, and Bluetooth and 802.11 wireless are available, but only if specified at the time of purchase.