Apple.com (shown in Figure 38) is a glossy corporate showcase where visitors browse hardware, download software, and soak up the latest Apple ads. It's also the sign-in point for the .Mac service (www.mac.com), providing web-based access to personal email, contacts, iDisk files, and more.
Figure 38. In addition to showcasing customizable hardware and "Made4Mac" software, Apple.com provides access to .Mac's web-based email and information-sharing services.
For those without a local Apple Store, Apple.com is the next best thing. Although retailers sell Apple hardware, they may offer only one or two popular configurations. At Apple.com, you can customize to your heart's content: adding more memory to your iMac, wedging a fatter hard drive into your MacBook, or engraving your shiny new iPod with a personal message.