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Apple Uncrates New $1,099 Education-Only iMac

new_imacsWithout fanfare, Apple this week rolled out a new iMac, a machine targeted at a market the company likes to say is “in its DNA”: Education.

The new machine features Apple’s latest iMac design, with leaner specs that drop its price below that of the entry-level consumer iMac. It boasts the same 21.5-inch display, but its innards are quite different: A 3.3GHz dual-core Intel i3 processor, instead of a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, four gigabytes of RAM instead of 8GB, and a hard drive with 500GB of storage instead of one terabyte.

At $1,099, the new education-only iMac is $100 more than its predecessor. But it remains $150 cheaper than an entry-level consumer iMac purchased with an educational discount.

So, a reasonable lower-price option for educators on tight budgets, though on its face the new edu iMac might not seem the best value. Sure, you save $150, but you also end up with a dual-core i3 instead of quad-core i5, and half the RAM and hard-drive storage of the entry-level iMac. Of course, if you’re budget-constrained and looking to trick out a computer lab with a row of new iMacs, it’s not specs that you’re looking at so much as volume discounts.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik