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08-08-2011, 04:56 PM #1
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.
Education-Only: 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3
Standard: 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
Education-Only: 2GB (one 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Standard: 4GB (two 2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Education-Only: 250GB hard drive
Standard: 500GB hard drive
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...
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 08-08-2011 at 04:59 PM.
08-08-2011, 05:24 PM #2
"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.
08-08-2011, 05:28 PM #3
These institutions can by a PC for half that price that will probably perform equally and hold twice as much storage.
08-08-2011, 06:28 PM #4
I understand why they didn't put thunderbolt in it, but 2 GB of ram! Really?
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08-08-2011, 06:29 PM #5
08-08-2011, 06:38 PM #6
PCs can be extremely secure as well. And Macs can become just as vulnerable....it's just a matter of time.
08-08-2011, 06:47 PM #7
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08-08-2011, 08:17 PM #9
from looking at the specs and its for educational only you would expect apple to charge only 800 but 1000? really apple?
08-08-2011, 08:25 PM #10
lol half the specs for $200 less? **** that, you're better off paying for the $1,199 model.
08-08-2011, 10:02 PM #11
08-08-2011, 11:47 PM #12
They have macs at my college, but they run windows. lolz. What's the point?
08-09-2011, 01:00 AM #13
*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.
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08-09-2011, 05:35 AM #14
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
08-09-2011, 09:59 AM #15
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08-09-2011, 10:50 AM #16
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.Username is 3GS, but theres stuff past that:
08-09-2011, 11:30 AM #17
08-09-2011, 11:43 AM #18
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.
08-10-2011, 07:24 PM #19
08-10-2011, 07:33 PM #20
lol got rebooted due to "patch tuesday" !