Apple quietly launches $999 “Educational” iMacs

By on August 9, 2011
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Cheaper Macs for your schools!

Apple released their “Education Only” iMacs yesterday for the starting price of $999 (AED 3,700). These new iMacs are available only to educational organizations and are not actually up for sale to students. These 21.5″ iMacs come with the following specs:

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

Those look just about good enough for a $999 iMac. Keep in mind that this iMac doesn’t come with Thuderbolt, but it does come with the old miniDisplay port as well as a FireWire 800 port. It seems that Apple is catering this iMac towards educational institutes that are not planning for a major upgrade in the future, as the lack of Thuderbolt seems to indicate.

And while I appreciate their effort towards educational institutes by providing an iMac below $1k, a similarly specced Windows desktop can be had for nearly half the price. Heck, even a Windows based laptop, or the recently popular with some educational institutes for kids, the iPad 2, can be an equally effective learning tool.


From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • Anonymous

    finally a cost effective mac

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