This morning, Apple has announced a new lower cost $999 iMac for education institutions. The new low-end model is being advertised as “Education only” and is not available to individuals. The new iMac is available for purchase via Apple’s Higher Educational online store and the specs have been published online too.
- 3.1GHz Intel Core i3 Dual-Core
- 21.5-inch LCD
- AMD Radeon HD 6750 with 256MB
- 2GB RAM
- 250GB Hard Drive
- OS X Lion
This new iMac offers a mini Display Port, but no Thunderbolt port, which is interesting because all other Macs that are currently for sale offer a Thunderbolt port. The next higher model is $1149 and offers a 2.5GHz Quad-Core i5 with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.
In the past, Apple has offered exclusive education only models for institutions. Possibly, these educational purchases may be more price sensitive than the rest of the market, and Apple has adjusted the pricing of the hardware so it fits the $1000 price point. In addition, Apple offers even an even cheaper 20″ iMac for $899. This iMac features an Intel Core 2 Duo and does not include OS X Lion.