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Apple Launches $999 iMac for Educational Institutions


Apple has quietly launched a lower cost $999 iMac for educational institutions this morning. The new low-end model is labeled "Education only" and is not available for individuals. The new iMac appeared on Apple's Higher Educational online store early this morning. The specs now have been published on the site and reflect the following reduced features.

• 3.1GHz Intel Core i3 Dual-Core
• 21.5-inch LCD
• AMD Radeon HD 6750 with 256MB
• 2GB RAM
• 250GB Hard Drive
• SuperDrive
• OS X Lion

Interestingly, this new iMac does not have Thunderbolt, just a mini Display Port. The next higher model is $1149 and offers a 2.5GHz Quad-Core i5 with 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive.

Apple, in the past, has also offered special education only models for institutions. These larger educational purchases may be more price sensitive than the rest of the market, and Apple has adjusted the hardware down in order to fit the sub-$1000 price point. Apple appears to still offer an even cheaper $899 20" iMac that houses the previous generation Intel Core 2 Duo and does not even appear to include OS X Lion.

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35 months ago
Nice, I'm in for 0 of em!

Giving up quad core, 2gb ram, and a nice chunk of hdd space to save $150 doesn't seem worth it. I realize that might change when you are buying 50 of them, but still...

Also, I wonder why Apple would want their slowest, worst machines to be the ones used in education. It will be the first experience a lot of kids have with a Mac. You'd think they might just offer some extra volume discounts to education on their standard models.
Rating: 20 Positives
35 months ago

I can't see this being popular, bearing in mind that the vast majority of schools and universities, at least here in the UK, are still based around Windows. And the fact that a model with a vastly better processor is only $150 more.


and FOUR (!!) GB of RAM. Common, Apple, really? 2GB for Lion by default in an iMac? I bought my first iMac in 2007 and it had 2GB.
Rating: 16 Positives
35 months ago
A lot of schools won't require the performance nor will they have power users.

The specs Apple are offering are enough for your average school needs.
Rating: 11 Positives
35 months ago
I can't see this being popular, bearing in mind that the vast majority of schools and universities, at least here in the UK, are still based around Windows. And the fact that a model with a vastly better processor is only $150 more.
Rating: 7 Positives
35 months ago

I can't see this being popular, bearing in mind that the vast majority of schools and universities, at least here in the UK, are still based around Windows. And the fact that a model with a vastly better processor is only $150 more.


Yes but this is changing, UK education wants to provide a choice to students and this now makes it an even more attractive choice!

This might be an 'entry level' iMac but there is still nothing entry about it compared to most of the PCs you'll find in any education institute.

Check out our education Mac pages - http://bit.ly/mac4edu
Rating: 6 Positives
35 months ago
This would make it easier for schools across America to provide a machine that performs well enough for today's students. If Apple does not have this market yet, they are well on their way to have it all!
Rating: 5 Positives
35 months ago
A lot of lab machines and public computers at the library at North Carolina State University are macs.

The 2GB of RAM is kind of lame, but the HDD space won't matter for most universities as most give users network space on the University's servers (So that you don't have to sit down at the same machine every time).

But the 2GB of RAM is easily upgradable by the IT department at a later date, and for a much cheaper price.

The only bad part of this deal is the dual core i3, but it will still be plenty fast for the majority of student tasks.
Rating: 5 Positives
35 months ago

I can't see this being popular, bearing in mind that the vast majority of schools and universities, at least here in the UK, are still based around Windows. And the fact that a model with a vastly better processor is only $150 more.


Excuse me, but in the UK paying $150 more won't get you anything, because we use British Pounds in this country. So you seem to be confused about something. And exactly what do you think requires a "vastly better processor" that is worth paying more money for?

And while you and I can find a computer that is cheaper than a Macintosh (thought not cheaper than an equivalent Mac), if you compare Apple's prices with what instutions have to pay here for computers because it has to go through some government approved purchase scheme from some government approved vendor, Macs are bloody cheap.

But in the end, they would probably be a lot better served with iPads.


The staff will be trained how to use Windows.


It was a lot easier for people trained in Windows XP to use MacOSX than Windows Vista.
It was a lot easier for people trained in Windows Vista to use MacOSX than Windows 7.
It will be a lot easier for people trained in Windows 7 to use MacOSX than Windows 8.

Time to save lots of cost by switching to an OS that doesn't require expensive training.
Rating: 5 Positives
35 months ago

Complete junk and an insult.

Rather than Apple giving Edu a discount...say 10% off, Apple creates an entirely new marketing campaign to sell stripped down versions of their bottom-of-the-barrel iMac for a whopping $150 off.

Apple has hit a new low with their "take it or leave it" attitude. And Apple wonders why .001% of businesses in the world use Apple computers.


1 - Apple does give education a discount - both off the normal prices, as well as bulk discounts
2 - "Quietly introduces" = no marketing campaign
3 - The "bottom-of-the-barrel" is $250 off, if you want to be pedantic
4 - Your business estimate is so laughably wrong that it doesn't really require a response, but here it is anyway ;-)
Rating: 4 Positives
35 months ago
Many US schools have been with Apple for decades. My daughter's school has two large locking carts full of MacBooks (probably 40-50 of them) and there are another 40-50 of the white plastic iMacs in the library. I guarantee they'll be replaced with something like this when they get too old to support.
Rating: 4 Positives

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