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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
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    Default 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
    Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 08-08-2011 at 03:59 PM.

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    "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.

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    Got fail?

    These institutions can by a PC for half that price that will probably perform equally and hold twice as much storage.

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    I understand why they didn't put thunderbolt in it, but 2 GB of ram! Really?
    That's preposterous!

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    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?

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChSchuldiner View Post
    lolololol
    GOT VIRUS?
    lolololol

    GOT ANTI-VIRUS?



    another idiot playing the virus card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackRaider View Post
    lolololol

    GOT ANTI-VIRUS?



    another idiot playing the virus card.
    Another idiot taking sarcasm seriously lmfao.

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    from looking at the specs and its for educational only you would expect apple to charge only 800 but 1000? really apple?

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    lol half the specs for $200 less? **** that, you're better off paying for the $1,199 model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChSchuldiner View Post
    Another idiot taking sarcasm seriously lmfao.
    I don't think anyone saw the sarcasm in that.

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    They have macs at my college, but they run windows. lolz. What's the point?

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    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
    Last edited by psp257; 08-09-2011 at 12:07 AM.

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    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

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    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...
    Last edited by Donnutt; 08-09-2011 at 09:02 AM.

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    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:

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    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chschuldiner View Post
    lolololol
    got virus?
    lolololol - got a quad core i7 @ 4.5 ghz with dual gpus???

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    lol got rebooted due to "patch tuesday" !

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