Well, at least Apple included a reasonable 8GB RAM allocation in their entry-level 2014 iMac…

Tapscape and a host of other Apple-centric blogs have been predicting, largely on the back on Ming-chi Kuo’s Fall 2013 pointer, that a low-cost 2014 iMac would arrive. That day has finally arrived with Apple releasing a 1.4GHz model that’s $200 cheaper than previous models.

However, with just a dual-core chip and slow, three-plus-year-old integrated graphics, this might not be the bargain Mac fans had been hoping for.

Apple has hinted and hinted again that it would introduce updated if not new 2014 iMacs. Various sources, including Tapscape, have indicated that a low-cost iMac config would be part of the mix.


Those predictions have, to a point, now come true.

Apple today introduced a new 21.5-inch iMac starting at just $1,099, making the world’s leading all-in-one desktop even more affordable. Featuring a stunning ultra-thin design, brilliant display, Core i5 processors and the world’s most advanced operating system, the new iMac is the perfect entry-level Mac desktop.

The devil is, as is often the case, in the specifications, which are surprisingly thin. For example, a dual-core 1.4GHz i5 processor matched with three-year-old Intel HD Graphics 5000 don’t offer much value right now let alone a few years down the road.

In fact, according to performance scores posted on GeekBench, the Apple’s new low-cost iMac is just marginally faster than the entry-level MacBook Air.

While no one expected Crysis-grade hardware in the entry-level 2014 iMac, obviously, this configuration is much “cheaper” than the rest of us had hoped for.

Well, at least Apple included a reasonable 8GB RAM allocation in their entry-level 2014 iMac…

What’s your take?

  1. A simpleton writes that Apple, a multi billion dollar corporation, are selling their imac product too cheap. Excuse me, but did Steve Jobs consult you before he made his first billion?

  2. This processor is similar to that used in the MacBook Air. A fairly well equipped MacBook Air with 8 GB of RAM and 500 GB of storage. The screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 is just the next step beyond 1440 x 900 of the 13″ MBA, so the same Intel HD Graphics 5000 might not be strained too much. If your old iMac G5- 2009 iMac has finally given out, this is a reasonable replacement if all you do is office work, Then again you could get a $999 21.5″ quad-core iMac after rebate from MacMall, similar to the $1299 model now for sale, so I’m not sure this will be a big seller for now. No RAM upgrade for this new base model, but at least they do offer storage upgrades. The $250 upgrade for the 256 GB flash storage would be a good choice for a Mac connected to a server in the aforementioned office environment.

  3. If you think the headline means the price is too low, you need speed a couple semesters in 5th grade reading…

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