New, cheaper iMac for education

by Giles Turnbull

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Apple has released a new, lower-spec version of the 17inch iMac, on sale to students and teachers via its education store.



The machine includes the standard 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor and 512MB RAM (two 256MB sticks. The specs that are reduced are a lower-capacity hard disk (80GB), a Combo rather than Superdrive, and shared video graphics instead of a dedicated ATI Radeon card. All yours for $899.



2 Comments

Steven
2006-07-05 10:29:36
Do you know how much a pioneer dvd-r 111d is? About £25, that's retail, I bought one last week.
Surely cutting down from a dvd writer to a cd writer doesn't save that much.
Mike Perry
2006-07-05 10:46:48
Also, no Apple Remote or Bluetooth, although WiFi Extreme, iSight, iLife 06, and Front Row are included. Quite a nice package for schools at a marvelous price.


It also fits well in a gap that Apple has yet to fill--that for an inexpensive but complete Mac desktop for families and small businesses. Once school orders for next fall are filled, let's hope Apple opens sales up for the rest of us and starts grabbing some serious market share away from Dell. With my 19-inch LCD alongside its 17-inch display and perhaps a cooler Core2 chip this fall, it'd be an ideal replacment for the PPC Mac mini in my modest little publishing business. And the money I save will help justify a MacBook.


Good work Apple!


--Mike Perry, Inkling Books, Seattle