There is little doubt that the first machine here, the E-Power, very closely resembles the iMac. However, there are small differences which separate the two. First of all, there is a floppy disk drive port in the front. Secondly, there are no visible speaker grills in the front. Third, the base on which the computer/PC sit upon is different than the iMac's solution (presumably, this is where they stuff the computer). Are the similarities enough for Apple to be successful in a lawsuit? Perhaps, though the two do have distinct visual differences. The saving grace for the E-Power is that it is a Windows based PC. Though it shares the same lines and contours of the iMac, it's differences in hardware location and content are clearly evident and thus become the undecided factor.
The similarities between the eOne and the iMac just don't exist, however. The fact that the colours of the two machines is similar just isn't going to cut it. There is no way anyone would mistake an eOne for an iMac. The profile, the lines - the overall shapes - are just totally different. The fact that one's a Wintel machine and the other is made for the MacOS divides these two machines further. If Apple is successful at suing eOne, I'll be very surprised. Although obviously inspired by the iMac, it's pretty clear that engineers at eMachines did their homework and came up with their own design concept, rather than rip off Apple's design as is claimed.
Verdict: I can see enough similarities in the design of the shell of the E-Power and the iMac for Apple to have a case. Whether they are successful or not will depend on the court. I can't say whether or not they will be successful, since there are differences, though I don't know if there's enough. However, I'll have no faith in the justice system if Apple is successful at suing eMachines for their eOne, which is clearly different in design and content, even if the colours are the same.
*UPDATE* Well, I was correct in believing that Apple may have a case
with E-Power. The courts have decided that there are just not enough
differences. Check out the news at CNet
news here. Well, that's round one. Let's see if Apple can make
it two for two (I'll be very surprised).