In Brief: Jul. 16, 2001

SQUARE PEG Apple's distinctive Power Mac G4 Cube, which made such a splash in industrial-design circles when it debuted last summer, has gone the way of the dodo and the Apple Newton. The Cube--a full-fledged Mac packed into a gleaming clear plastic case 8 in. on a side--looked at first like another computing coup for chairman Steve Jobs, but it never quite caught on. It was too expensive (about $1,300) and too low powered, and users complained that its touch-sensitive power switch caused unintentional shutdowns. At least we still have the flower-power iMac.

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