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  • New Education iMac Available, Meh



    Apple has started offering a $999 version of their iMac exclusively for sale to educational institutions and the results are just, meh.

    The iMac priced to go is available for educational institutions only, so unless you own a school, you can't get one of these. Also, the $200 in savings an educational institution is granted gets them a woefully inadequate computer. PC World has a nice run down comparing the education only model with a standard 2011 iMac.

    Processor
    Education-Only: 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3

    Standard: 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5

    Memory
    Education-Only: 2GB (one 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM

    Standard: 4GB (two 2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM

    Storage
    Education-Only: 250GB hard drive

    Standard: 500GB hard drive

    Graphics
    Education-Only: AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 256MB

    Standard: AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB


    Those specs definitely aren't going to light the world on fire. Probably the biggest omission is Apple's decision to not include a Thunderbolt port. The decision is most likely a monetary one, but what better way to allow a new I/O to grow and become dominant than to include it in University computer labs across the country. These are definitely neutered iMacs.

    While the $200 price cut doesn't seem like much, to educational institutions that will likely be ordering hundreds at a time, saving $200 per unit adds up quickly. Don't expect to see these in an Apple store near you, not that you would really want to...

    Source: PCWorld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Education iMac Available, Meh started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      "but what better way to allow a new I/O to grow and become dominant than to include it in University computer labs across the country. These are definitely neutered iMacs."

      I see these computers as intended for K-12 and not higher education. You aren't going to be finding thunderbolt equipped peripherals at the lower levels of the education ladder.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Got fail?

      These institutions can by a PC for half that price that will probably perform equally and hold twice as much storage.
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      I understand why they didn't put thunderbolt in it, but 2 GB of ram! Really?
      That's preposterous!
    1. ChSchuldiner's Avatar
      ChSchuldiner -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Got fail?

      These institutions can by a PC for half that price that will probably perform equally and hold twice as much storage.
      lolololol
      GOT VIRUS?
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChSchuldiner View Post
      lolololol
      GOT VIRUS?
      lolololol.....because Macs can't get viruses right? There may be much less available for Macs, but that's because there are so many more PCs in consumer homes and business. If Apple's computer market share takes off and starts being implemented in more schools, businesses, the military, and overtakes Windows PCs, guess who the virus creators are gonna start targeting?

      PCs can be extremely secure as well. And Macs can become just as vulnerable....it's just a matter of time.
    1. BlackRaider's Avatar
      BlackRaider -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChSchuldiner View Post
      lolololol
      GOT VIRUS?
      lolololol

      GOT ANTI-VIRUS?



      another idiot playing the virus card.
    1. ChSchuldiner's Avatar
      ChSchuldiner -
      Quote Originally Posted by BlackRaider View Post
      lolololol

      GOT ANTI-VIRUS?



      another idiot playing the virus card.
      Another idiot taking sarcasm seriously lmfao.
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      from looking at the specs and its for educational only you would expect apple to charge only 800 but 1000? really apple?
    1. se7endreams's Avatar
      se7endreams -
      lol half the specs for $200 less? **** that, you're better off paying for the $1,199 model.
    1. Stephen.'s Avatar
      Stephen. -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChSchuldiner View Post
      Another idiot taking sarcasm seriously lmfao.
      I don't think anyone saw the sarcasm in that.
    1. rawrjoeynashomg's Avatar
      rawrjoeynashomg -
      They have macs at my college, but they run windows. lolz. What's the point?
    1. psp257's Avatar
      psp257 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rawrjoeynashomg View Post
      They have macs at my college, but they run windows. lolz. What's the point?
      they run windows cause to a lot of people (unlike me*) windows can run better on a mac.

      *whenever i run windows on Mac I always delete the partition on there same day or in a few days, either way, with me, i never run windows (i am more familiar to Mac cause my school is based on them, yet 95% of my schools Macs still run Tiger, which really sucks)
      oh and 90% of the macs running tiger are old iMacs and iBooks the other 5% are the slightly heaver* Tiger-based MacBooks

      *Compared to leopard MacBooks.

      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post




      Processor
      Education-Only: 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3

      Standard: 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5

      Memory
      Education-Only: 2GB (one 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM

      Standard: 4GB (two 2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM

      Storage
      Education-Only: 250GB hard drive

      Standard: 500GB hard drive

      Graphics
      Education-Only: AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 256MB

      Standard: AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB



      Source: PCWorld
      Some schools like mine do have video editing classes in which the standards would fit much better than the edu specs
    1. iKillYou's Avatar
      iKillYou -
      Glad I didn't get stuck with iMacs when I was going to school. Now the next generation is gonna be filled with all sorts of "SIMPLE" people
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by iKillYou View Post
      Glad I didn't get stuck with iMacs when I was going to school. Now the next generation is gonna be filled with all sorts of "SIMPLE" people
      While I can agree with you in a way, at least Steve can raise a whole new generation of Mac warriors to carry out his holy crusade on all PCs.... ;-)

      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      PCs can be extremely secure as well. And Macs can become just as vulnerable....it's just a matter of time.
      Yeah, the problem is getting an extremely secure PC that's actually USABLE... Please send me a Mac virus, I could use a good laugh...
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Most schools run on server storage, or is that just here? So there would be no point in a lot of local harddrive space. The kids (K-12) aren't going to be pushing the computer to the max anyways, so the processor and ram isn't a problem either. Last year we had these local brand computers with quad, or dual processors. And we played lots of Halo on that. (We used to load it up on a flashdrive and put it on the server so everyone could access it, drove the "techs" and teachers crazy lol). Anyways and the laptops we had were some i3 Dell Latitudes. So they were decent, the Dells were a lot better than the desktops, but they were also newer. Then there were these old HP Pavillions with the huge battery packs, those were terrible.

      These specs aren't bad for grade school, heck there better than the crap they kept given us. What really was annoying when the teachers and "techs" kept giving stupid advice.
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by se7endreams View Post
      lol half the specs for $200 less? **** that, you're better off paying for the $1,199 model.
      So, so true
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Meh is right. Any semi-clever educational institution will not buy new iMac hardware, instead buy servers, put VMware ESXi on them and run VMs. ESXi 5 will support Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7.

      The days of Universities, etc, buying PC/Mac hardware are over. They are buying servers and virtualizing their desktops.
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Quote Originally Posted by chschuldiner View Post
      lolololol
      got virus?
      lolololol - got a quad core i7 @ 4.5 ghz with dual gpus???
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      lol got rebooted due to "patch tuesday" !
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xenthis View Post
      lolololol - got a quad core i7 @ 4.5 ghz with dual gpus???
      Yeah, sorry about your crappy OS though... At least you can play really cool games though!
      Me, I'm into productivity, and I just spent my evening working with a brand new PC, and I could have done the same work in ten minutes on my Mac....

      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      lol got rebooted due to "patch tuesday" !
      World Of Warcraft FTW.