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.
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?