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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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RE: all macs are neutered
By Obujuwami on 8/8/2011 1:04:16 PM , Rating: 2
True and I can tell you for a fact that Win7 pro is roughly $50 for educational and Office is also roughly $50. So for roughly $100, you get a full functioning OS and productivity suite v you pay $30 for the OSX and about $120 for Office for Mac.

If you REALLY want to save money you could get OpenOffice for the Mac (which I am unsure if there is a version for Macs) so then you save about $70, which in the long term is rather insignificant.

Another interesting licensing cost for educational environments is Windows Server. Server 2008 R2 standard is about $700 for an OEM copy but educational clients get it for about $100.

If you ask me, Microsoft wants to be in schools more than Apple does.

RE: all macs are neutered
By xaders on 8/8/2011 3:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
microsoft right now still has a deal for back to school where you can give windows 7 pro upgrade for $29.99. it is a digital download & if want a disc cost $15 extra. also can get office 2010 pro for $99.95 & again digital download. the only require is a student email ending it (.edu) or (.org) & have schedule to prove if not on the list.

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also can get a free xbox 360 4gb if buy laptop $699 & up at best buy store with a valid student ID. if online it is only dell & hp website which is harder because have to setup an account.

RE: all macs are neutered
By Avatar28 on 8/8/2011 9:38:09 PM , Rating: 2
I work in a largish school system. We have the software assurance agreement with MS and our employees can purchase Office Professional Plus or Office for Mac for $9.95 through their Home Use Program. $500 program for $10, hell of a deal indeed. Wish they offered Win 7 through the program.

RE: all macs are neutered
By borismkv on 8/8/2011 7:39:29 PM , Rating: 2
Well, realistically, MS makes more money on CALs than they do on the base server license. I'm not sure what they charge schools for on CALs...That's always the biggest killer. 30 bucks per user racks up the bills pretty quick.

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