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Apple Quietly Introduces Subdued $999 iMac for Education

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News Posted: Tue, Aug 9 2011 1:18 PM
Apple isn't making a big deal about a new $999 iMac model from its Higher Education store, perhaps because the discounted rig is a bit feature stripped. Another reason could be that it only applies to bulk orders. Whatever the reason, Apple's secret is out, and we have the 411 on what's included with this sub-$1,000 iMac.


It's a 21.5-inch iMac equipped with an Intel Core i3 dual-core processor clocked at 3.1GHz running the show. Other features include:
  • 2GB DDR3-1333 memory
  • 250GB hard drive (7200RPM)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750 graphics card with 256MB of GDDR5 memory
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • Built-in speakers
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • Firewire; four USB 2.0 ports; SDXC card slot
  • 8X DVD burner
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
The price tag is $200 cheaper than a retail 21.5-inch iMac, and $150 less than the one available to students (non-bulk orders). That one kicks the hardware up a notch to include an Intel Core i5 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 4GB of DDR3 memory, and a 500GB hard drive.
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It probably works like a champ with that CPU in it.

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Inspector replied on Wed, Aug 10 2011 1:30 AM

Not bad for school use, time for my school to get some updates. Those dell are quite slow... lol All i would use them for in school is for research so ya i don't mind at all ;)

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omegadraco replied on Thu, Aug 11 2011 11:47 AM

Inspector:

Not bad for school use, time for my school to get some updates. Those dell are quite slow... lol All i would use them for in school is for research so ya i don't mind at all ;)

This is true, at the school I run we lease all of our computers so we get an automatic refresh every three years :) It forces the school to get new hardware and actually reduces our costs significantly since we keep a 3 year warranty on all the equipment included in the leases.

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