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New Low-End iMac
June 18, 2014 - Dave Hecei
June 18, 2014
Apple introduced a new iMac this morning leaving the rest of the iMac lineup untouched. Starting today, the iMac line starts at $1099.
Apple took the base 21.5-inch iMac and instead of a quad-core Intel i5 processor they used a dual-core Intel i5 running at 1.4 GHz. It has half the storage with a 500GB hard drive, but the same 8GB of RAM, which is not upgradable. Graphics are also slightly slower with Intel HD 5000 integrated in the i5 chip.
While $200 is nothing to sneeze at, it seems that you are loosing a lot more than $200 worth of value. For 200 more buck you get twice the storage and Intel Iris Pro Graphics. You will also get a much faster quad-core i5 processor.
This doesn't mean that Apple made a mistake with this model. I think they should of shaved another $100 off the price. At $999 Apple would have an iMac under that magical number - $1000. This iMac will also be the one that schools will buy, which will likely also have some sort of 'Educational' discount availabe.
If you're hard up for that $200 then I'd suggest going to Apple's specials page. This is where you will find Apple closeouts, clearances, and refurbished items. They currently, but changes quickly, have the 2.7 GHz 2013 model for the same $1099. This is a much better deal, plus buying refurbished directly from Apple is just like buying a new model. It comes with the same warranty as a new model.
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