Apple launches education-only iMac for $999

Mon, Aug 8, 2011


Apple today launched a cheaper $999 iMac available exclusively for educational institutions (i.e no individuals can take advantage of this pricing). Normally, the price for Apple’s entry level iMac is $1,199.00 and still $150 cheaper than the $1,149 pricing Apple affords to college students.

The education-only iMac sports the following features:

  • – 21.5 LED-backlit glossy display
  • – 1920×1080 resolution
  • – 3.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache
  • – 2 GB of RAM
  • – 250 GB hard drive
  • – FaceTime HD camera
  • – AMD Radeon HD 6750 graphics processor

Conspicuously missing from the spec sheet is Thunderbolt, the impressively fast transfer technology Apple jointly developed with Intel. Instead, the education oriented iMacs sport a mini Display Port. It stands to reason that Apple had to strip down certain features on its all-in-one desktop in order to achieve its sub-$1000 pricepoint. By way of comparison, the aforementioned $1,149 iMac for students sports a more advanced Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive.



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