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Apple cuts processor speed in half, drops two cores, and cuts the price by $200

It has been rumored for the past few weeks that Apple would launch lower cost iMacs to make its desktop range more appealing to customers. Early reports pegged the launch for WWDC, but that obviously didn’t happen. However, Apple today made its move, announcing a new budget-minded 21.5” iMac with a 1080p display.
Given its bottom-rung placement in the iMac family, this machine is in no way a speed demon. In fact, it comes with a lowly dual-core Intel Core i5 processor running at a mere 1.4GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) and an Intel HD Graphics 5000 integrated GPU. For comparison, the previous entry-level iMac comes with a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz) and Intel Iris Pro Graphics.

Other features include 8GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD (5400 RPM), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The new entry-level iMac starts at $1,099, which represents a $200 reduction compared to the previous entry-level model.

Source: Apple

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I'm impressed...
By Vertigo2000 on 6/18/2014 9:08:52 AM , Rating: 4
They were able to put cheap laptop specifications into a desktop form factor at only twice the price, and threw in a larger monitor to boot.

Is there nothing Apple can't do?

RE: I'm impressed...
By Brandon Hill on 6/18/2014 9:18:29 AM , Rating: 5
microSD slot on a phone/tablet

RE: I'm impressed...
By retrospooty on 6/18/14, Rating: 0
RE: I'm impressed...
By Brandon Hill on 6/18/2014 9:26:57 AM , Rating: 2
microSD sot and multi-user profiles (just for the tablets) are the biggest sticking points with me.

The fact that they charge $100 to go from 16GB to 32GB boggles my mind. Just give me a microSD slot and let me stick my music/movies on it. I don't care if you won't let me run apps from the card, but at least give me the slot to store media.

RE: I'm impressed...
By bug77 on 6/18/2014 10:02:00 AM , Rating: 2
You know very well that's pixie dust dipped flash memory and $100 for 16GB is a steal. Oh and let's not forget that it's more fluid and it feels more polished than other flash memory.

RE: I'm impressed...
By retrospooty on 6/18/2014 10:21:16 AM , Rating: 2
Clearly it saves data in a superior manor. :P

RE: I'm impressed...
By bug77 on 6/18/2014 10:28:16 AM , Rating: 2
Don't know if it's intended, but "manor" sounds about right in the context.

RE: I'm impressed...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/18/2014 9:46:11 AM , Rating: 2
lol exactly. Bravo.

RE: I'm impressed...
By Wolfpup on 6/18/2014 10:14:04 AM , Rating: 2

Obviously doesn't seem worth the $200 discount.

I'm still super annoyed Apple doesn't have a real desktop PC like they used to, and super annoyed that if they're going to do these all-in-ones, at least make the hard drive and RAM user replaceable!

What's really sad is the upcoming Alienware $500 box looks like it'll be a better PC than this is LOL (let alone if you bump up the specs)

RE: I'm impressed...
By TEAMSWITCHER on 6/18/14, Rating: 0
RE: I'm impressed...
By Diabloz on 6/18/2014 6:46:55 PM , Rating: 2
Your kidding right? i just built a PC for 1200 that eats the 27" alive..

RE: I'm impressed...
By Diabloz on 6/18/2014 6:48:23 PM , Rating: 2
They don't want to make it replaceable!! they want MONEY! - don't buy apple products!

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