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
• 2GB RAM
• 250GB Hard Drive
• 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.