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Apple's education-only iMac loses quad-core processor, Thunderbolt

Apple last upgraded its popular all-in-one iMac desktop computers back in early May. The refresh brought new Core i5 and Core i7 quad-core processors along with Thunderbolt connectivity for both the entry-level 21.5" and higher-end 27" models.

The starting price for the 21.5" iMac is $1,199 and it gets you a 2.5GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, and an AMD Radeon HD 6750M GPU with 512MB of memory. A student discount drops the price down to $1,149.

Now, Apple is looking to further move into the education sector with an even cheaper iMac priced at $999 according to Mac Rumors. Unfortunately, the $150 price cut means that this iMac comes with some serious shortcomings.

The education-only model comes with a dual-core, 3.1GHz Core i3 processor, a measly 2GB of RAM, and a 250GB hard drive. The AMD Radeon HD 6750M GPU also has its onboard memory cut in half compared to the "standard" iMac. It also loses out on the Thunderbolt port included on all 2011-spec iMacs. All other features remain including the 1920x1080 display, FaceTime HD camera, and SDXC memory slot. 

The new iMac does come pre-installed with the OS X 10.7 "Lion".

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These will sell welll
By vision33r on 8/8/2011 10:12:00 AM , Rating: -1
Macs hold value so well that even after 5-6 years they only drop about 50% of it's retail value.

Compare to a PC, it loses 30% the minute you take it home and in 6 months it loses 40-60% of it's value depending on specs.

A $1000 PC is worth $500 in just 1 year+

A $1000 Mac is worth $850 in 1 year and $700 after 2 years.

There's one good reason they hold value well, the Apple logo and the mac that Macs are well build machines to run OSX and Windows.

RE: These will sell welll
By Ytsejamer1 on 8/8/2011 10:35:34 AM , Rating: 2
what school is going to get into the reselling-computer market? None I'm sure.

I'm sure they can get more bang for the buck...even on a $500 PC.

RE: These will sell welll
By borismkv on 8/8/2011 7:41:08 PM , Rating: 2
Absolutely none. Public schools are required to donate or destroy used computers after they are used up.

RE: These will sell welll
By invidious on 8/8/2011 10:55:53 AM , Rating: 3
You wanna buy a bridge?

RE: These will sell welll
By smilingcrow on 8/8/2011 1:46:39 PM , Rating: 2
Nice one but I'll only take two as I’m on a budget so maybe Hammersmith and Putney?

RE: These will sell welll
By Gondor on 8/8/2011 12:04:59 PM , Rating: 1
Have you actually bought any used Macs lately ?

RE: These will sell welll
By borismkv on 8/8/2011 7:42:42 PM , Rating: 2
They make good fishbowls...

RE: These will sell welll
By shane.carroll on 8/8/2011 1:22:20 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not about to admit that you're right in any way, but if you were, ANY used product is worth what someone is willing to pay. Someone who wants nothing more out of a computer than an apple logo is willing to pay more for a used apple computer than a PC, since you can go get a brand new PC (with the SAME hardware) for less than you can buy a used apple computer.
And as for your theory that a Mac can hold 50% of its retail value 6 years later, find me one piece of 6 year old hardware that's acceptable for use in a computer today. Again, people like you buy the logo. You've got to be retarded if you buy a 6 year old compilation of hardware for 50% of its retail value as of 6 years ago.

RE: These will sell welll
By sprockkets on 8/8/2011 2:25:12 PM , Rating: 2
Even worse, most used macs are worthless PPC versions that can't even run 10.6, and while that may seem OK, get this: old versions of OSX can't run the majority of programs since they are made for newer versions. It isn't like Windows where programs have a degree of backwards compatibility.

It's quite ridiculous that they keep their value when they literally become useless within like 3 years.

RE: These will sell welll
By cjohnson2136 on 8/8/2011 3:38:41 PM , Rating: 2
It's the only way Apple can keep making a profit. They make a computer that can physically last 6 years but the software craps out after a few years and then it forces you to keep dropping a thousand dollars+ at their stores.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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