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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.

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Nice package
By Dug on 6/18/2014 1:35:45 PM , Rating: 1
We deploy these at work.
Why? Because it's the cheapest package we can get reliably and it has everything needed.
People say you can get cheaper. Sure you can, but can you just pick up one piece of hardware with one power cable and be done for the cost of an iMac?

People also forget to mention you get mouse or track pad, wireless keyboard, speakers that actually sound good, dual mics,web cam, bluetooth 4, 802.11ac, 4 usb 3, 2 thunderbolt ports, Kensington lock slot, sdxc card slot. And one of the easiest on the eyes displays I've come across. And it runs silent!

Backup is automatic and can be used on any other machine, you can even restore to a laptop if you want. So anytime someone needs an upgrade or replacement, it takes almost no time at all and we don't have to worry about licensing or reinstalling the OS, reinstalling apps, etc.

So if you take labor into account, including backups, setup and deployment time, the iMac is several hundreds less than any competitor without cables everywhere. That and we haven't had one fail yet (knock on wood). We have 3 on standby but haven't needed to open them up yet.




RE: Nice package
By retrospooty on 6/18/2014 2:45:25 PM , Rating: 1
Where do you work that an iMac for end users is a useful thing?


RE: Nice package
By zero2dash on 6/18/2014 3:26:15 PM , Rating: 2
Most of our marketing department is on 27" iMacs, but I also think that's because people still think that Adobe runs like crap on Windows, which hasn't been the case in over 20 years.


RE: Nice package
By TakinYourPoints on 6/19/2014 7:12:58 PM , Rating: 2
It isn't just for creatives. About everyone I know in Silicon Valley develops in OS X. Google, Facebook, my good friends at Artillery, all use OS X. If you're developing for non-MS platforms then it makes sense given that most IDEs outside of .NET are a pain in Windows.

OS X clearly has lots of users in the creative fields. I work in the film industry and Macs are used everywhere. That said, programming for open platforms such as the web is mostly done in OS X or some other *NIX variant. Its weird seeing how much Mac hate there is around here (almost all from Android fanatics, no less) given that Google supports about 50k OS X machines.


RE: Nice package
By retrospooty on 6/20/2014 8:19:31 AM , Rating: 2
"I work in the film industry and Macs are used everywhere."

It all makes sense now. The complex rationalizing, the feeling superior but being treated inferior complex that you seem to go through about your Apple products. The inability to grasp why other people see things differently than your myopic view of the tech industry.

It's OK, TYP, they do work well. Just use them an enjoy them and don't worry that other people don't like them or care.


RE: Nice package
By amanojaku on 6/18/2014 3:58:18 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Why? Because it's the cheapest package we can get reliably and it has everything needed.
Sounds like you don't know much about computers outside of Apple.
quote:
People say you can get cheaper. Sure you can, but can you just pick up one piece of hardware with one power cable and be done for the cost of an iMac?

People also forget to mention you get...
No, I cannot. Because I can buy a non-Mac All-In-One starting at $400. For example, $750 gets you a 23" LED-backlit touchscreen, 8GB of RAM, a dual-core CPU at 3GHz, and a 1TB 7,200 RPM drive. That's MORE performance for LESS money than the cheapest iMac.

And most, if not all, of the added features (SDXC, Bluetooth, etc...) are included. Those that aren't are available as low-cost options, often available from lower-cost 3rd parties.
quote:
Backup is automatic and can be used on any other machine...

So if you take labor into account...
MS has been changing its backup and migration tools a lot, but they're still there. However, as a business you have a lot of migration tools available to you. In fact, businesses with serious IT departments NEVER backup desktop applications because they have application deployment software.

It's much better because you can deploy an application to many systems from one server, and application upgrades are done on the deployment server. No matter how many desktops ask for the application (hundreds, thousands!), you've only performed as many installs, license inputs, and upgrades as you have servers.

You can backup files with OneDrive, Dropbox, or any of the free or commercial applications. However, your desktops shouldn't even have user files. User files should be stored on the network, on a highly-available system that gets backed up regularly. If you're running a five-person business then your choices make sense. 10 and over and it's just inefficient at best.


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