Apple in the past has had a lot of special deals for schools and education customers, and today it took the wraps off it’s latest one. This new deal is a 21.5-inch iMac that sells for $999.
The new iMac for education is a bit underpowered compared to it’s consumer-facing brethren. While the standard iMac starts out with a Core i5, this iMac has a dual-core i3 inside, making it a bit slower. The computer also has just 2GB of RAM that can’t be user upgraded, which also means it can’t be removed. There’s also a 250GB HDD and the AMD Radeon HD 6750M for graphics. Along the back of the iMac you’ll a fairly big omission: it has no Thunderbolt port. Well, there isn’t much to use the Thunderbolt for at the moment, and that probably cut a lot of the cost from the unit.
You probably won’t be able to get your hands on one of these cheaper iMacs for yourself, but the extra $200 for a standard one gets you a bit more, anyway. These iMac will be great for school computer labs, but you probably wouldn’t want one as your main computer. For the extra money, go with the Core i5 and 4GB of RAM, the latter of which should be the lowest you’re willing to accept in a main computer by now.