Apple Launches a New Low-end iMac With a Price Tag of Only $1099
The cost to get your hands on one of Apple's lower-end 21.5" iMac computers would have made you pry your wallet open and pony up $1299, but on Wednesday, Apple launched a cheaper version of its low-end 21.5" iMac to make the computer more affordable. The new iMac model starts at $1099, while another version of the 21.5" iMac starts at $1299, and the 27.5" inch iMac continues to be priced at $1799.
It's worth noting that the hardware in the machine brings a 1.4Ghz dual-core Intel i5 processor with Turbo Boost that can clock the processor up to 2.7Ghz when necessary, one 8GB memory module, a 500GB hard disk drive, and Intel HD 5000 graphics.
This compares to the higher-end 21.5" iMac, which offers a 2.7Ghz quad-core Intel i5 processor with Turbo Boost that can clock the processor up to 3.2Ghz when necessary, 8GB of memory (two 4GB memory modules), a 1TB hard disk drive, and Intel Iris Pro graphics for $1299.
The differences between the two machines are more than marginal, and some might still be willing to pony up the additional $200 for the higher-end 21.5" iMac to get the two additional processing cores, faster processor clock speeds, better memory management, more storage space, and better graphics.
Apple goes on in their press release
to tell us that even those that buy the lower-end 21.5" iMac will get iWork and iLife apps for free with the purchase.
If you're interested in picking one of these iMacs up, you can visit the Apple Store Web page at this link
Sources: Apple (1)
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