Now that Apple has finally caught up with new iMac demand, the company has updated their entry-level education iMac offering. Yes, the specs are beefier, but so is the asking price — $100 more than the previous generation. And, of course, Apple’s “low-cost” education iMac offering is only available to institutions.
Regular, non-educational folk purchasing an iMac last Friday were quoted three to five day availability. Today, Apple promises to ship new iMac orders with 24 hours.
That said, it isn’t surprising the Cupertino company has now, quietly mind you, updated its education iMac for institutional buyers and here’s what schools can get for $1,099:
— Product Number : ME699LL/A
— 3.3GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i3
— 1920 x 1080 resolution
— 4GB (two 2GB) memory
— 500GB hard drive
— Intel HD Graphics 4000
Apple’s previous generation education iMac was priced at $999.
Last Fall’s general iMac update, least some of which are Made in USA, delivered a radically thinner and lighter design, greatly improved display, minimum 8GB RAM and quad-core processors across the board, which together helped pushed up prices by $100. The new institutional iMac gains those design elements while skimping on the internals — half the RAM, half the storage and integrated Intel graphics for $200 less than Apple’s entry-level consumer model…
Does that configuration sound like a $1,099 bargain to you?