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Apple’s new $1,099 iMac trades power for a low price

Above: An iMac desktop computer.

Image Credit: iMac image via Apple

Apple today released a new, entry-level iMac, but (not surprisingly) the machine takes a serious performance hit to justify its low price tag.

At $1,099, the new 21.5-inch iMac is the cheapest model in Apple’s current iMac lineup, but its performance and storage space are far inferior to that of the old base model, which costs $1,299.

The new iMac includes a 1.4 GHz dual-core i5 CPU, the same processor inside the MacBook Air. That’s a big downgrade from the $1,299 iMac, which touts a processor clocked at 2.7 GHz. You could turboboost the new machine’s processor up to 2.7 GHz to make up some of the difference, though.

The new machine has a 500 GB spinning disk hard drive — less space than the old entry-level model, which has a 1 TB hard drive — though you could spring for a 1 TB hard drive or a 256 GB solid-state drive instead.

Apple may be targeting the education market with its new machine, or just people looking for the cheapest desktop price tag alongside an Apple logo. Folks waiting for a proper refresh of the iMac line, however, will have to wait a little longer.

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7 comments
Fdl Lcr
Fdl Lcr

Isn't your time to sleep little boy?

Eric Chan
Eric Chan

This product is PERFECT for education institutions. Complain all your want, but schools will love it. Why do people always think that apple haven't done their homework? Even after 10years of success?

Fdl Lcr
Fdl Lcr

Garbage with logo, for logo buyers

Josh Wanamaker
Josh Wanamaker

$1100 for that low-end crap box is bloody ridiculous. For that much money you could build a PC with the power of a high-end PowerMac. Macs are neat machines and they have their uses but this is not a deal or something to celebrate.

Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker

Making the best technology in the biz available to more people sounds like a good idea

Robert Danger Allen
Robert Danger Allen

They are cutting into their core advantage and may lose themselves in the process.