entry level iMacApple has quietly added a new 21.5-inch iMac (MC978LL/A) to its stable. The budget-friendly iMac has its sights set on the education sector with a starting price of $999 (£608.44). In order to shave off $200 (£121.81), some compromises were made in the processor, storage, RAM and video card.

In order to purchase the education only 21.5-inch iMac you’ll need to be placing an order on behalf of an institution. Students who enter the Apple Store as not able to view the new model — at least not yet. Here’s a quick rundown of the changes between the base 2011 iMac and the education only iMac.

The processor has been lowered from the 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 to a 3.1 GHz Intel Core i3. RAM is now 2GB of DDR3, down from 4GB but still running at 1333 MHz. The stock 500 GB Serial ATA drive has been halved to 250GB and the AMD Radeon HD 6750M includes 256MB of video memory instead of 512MB.

Apple launching entry-level iMac targeted at education

There’s only two options to configure with the new model, RAM and AppleCare. RAM can be upgraded to 8GB, but doing so will set you back a $270 (£164.44). What do you think about the education only 2011 iMac? Should Apple have gone with smaller 128GB SSD to compensate for the slower processor? Sound off.

via Apple Store ($999)

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheBenBurkhardt Benjamin Tyler Burkhardt

    I’ll rather buy a Mac Mini with a nice monitor. I prefer my MacBook though. 

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