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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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RE: Cheap!
By bug77 on 6/18/2014 10:15:35 AM , Rating: 2
The CPU alone is $315. That aside, the memory and hard disk are worth ~$130 and wireless is probably built into the motherboard. Let's be generous and say another $100. That's $545. A 24" Dell UltraSharp can be had for another $350.
So yes, overpriced, but not that much. The thing is, if anyone would build an equivalent PC, they wouldn't be using laptop parts and that would drive the price down significantly.

We don't know how to build a sub-$500 computer that is not a piece of junk.

But at least they can build a piece of junk for over twice the money.

RE: Cheap!
By Bob_A_Feet on 6/18/2014 3:05:26 PM , Rating: 3
You can pre-order an Intel Haswell Quad-core I7-4790 4.0 GHz processor for the exact same price, or get an unlocked processor for $30 more. That is a top of the line CPU that runs at 4 GHZ STOCK.

This is not a bargain. Apple is once again taking its consumers for a ride, but they are often too blind or too stupid to understand this. Reality-distortion field set to max.

RE: Cheap!
By ComputerJuice on 6/18/2014 5:35:29 PM , Rating: 2
Say what? Where are you shopping? Do yourself a favor and shop elswhere... An i5 quadcore @ 3ghz is about $150.

RE: Cheap!
By bug77 on 6/19/2014 4:44:30 AM , Rating: 2
This is a mobile part. I went with the reference price, because you can't really buy that from anywhere.

RE: Cheap!
By geekman1024 on 6/19/2014 7:56:11 AM , Rating: 2
A MOBILE part, in a DESKTOP...yeah right, that's innovative.

RE: Cheap!
By bug77 on 6/19/2014 8:14:49 AM , Rating: 2
Look it up. There's only one Haswell CPU that runs @1.4Ghz and turbos at 2.7 and that's a mobile part. It's ok if you want to keep cooling to a minimum.

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