MacMinute has learned that Apple will continue to offer and manufacture the original iMac indefinitely. Despite wanting to move the iMac family to a new and faster design, an Apple executive, who asked not to be named, told MacMinute, “The original iMac is too important just to be tossed away. It’s an essential part of our education and low-end consumer strategy.” The gumdrop computer continues to be offered in 500MHz (US$799) and 600MHz ($999) configurations from Apple and resellers.