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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: Nice package
By amanojaku on 6/18/2014 3:58:18 PM , Rating: 3
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.
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.
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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