Apple Launches $1099 21.5-Inch iMac With 3.3 GHz Dual-Core i3 Processor for Educational Institutions

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple appears to have quietly introduced an updated version of its low-end 21.5-inch iMac for educational institutions, taking advantage of a cheaper dual-core Intel Core i3 processor and integrated graphics to offer pricing of $1099, $200 cheaper than the entry-level pricing for consumer models. The education-only iMac, which carries a model number of ME699LL/A, also includes just 4GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive, while the low-end consumer model doubles both of those figures.
    It is unclear exactly when Apple began offering the new iMac for educational institutions, but it appears to be a very recent addition to Apple's lineup. The machine replaces the previous $999 iMac for educational institutions introduced over 18 months ago and is positioned to appeal to budget-conscious schools.

    Potential customers should note that the $1099 iMac is only available for purchase by educational institutions and is not available to individuals making purchases through Apple's educational discount program. Orders are currently quoted as shipping in 5-7 business days, slightly longer than the 3-5 day estimates for other models through the Apple Store for Educational Institutions.

    Consumer models of the iMac ordered through the regular online store in North America just saw their shipping estimates improve to "within 24 hours" earlier today. Apple has also lowered pricing on the 768 GB flash storage upgrade on the 27-inch Mac, dropping the upgrade charge from $1300 to $900.

    Article Link: Apple Launches $1099 21.5-Inch iMac With 3.3 GHz Dual-Core i3 Processor for Educational Institutions
  2. macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2010
  3. macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    yay. true reason why we needed a thin edge? anti-obesity.
  4. macrumors 68000

    Oct 21, 2009

    these systems will be just fine even for consumers. I wish they would offer them to the public...then maybe I would buy one (once they hit the refurb store)
  5. macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2009
    Boston, MA
    My school just upgraded some of the iMacs about two weeks ago, and surprisingly they were the old thicker design with the disk drive. (same look as the ones from 2009-2012) Maybe this special educational model would explain why they didn't get the new 2012 ones? Or maybe my school just takes way too long to install all the necessary software. :confused:
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    Don't know why budget-conscious schools don't buy PCs. PCs are far better than Mac even though I'm a Mac, iPhone, and iPad user. :confused:
  7. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    If Apple were really cool, they'd still be selling IIe's to schools.
  8. macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009

    But I agree they should be offered to the public also.
  9. macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2002
    Columbus, Ohio
    I don't deny that you think they're better, that's cool... but why do you believe that "PCs are far better than Mac [sic]"?
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 28, 2009
    United kingdom
    Umm my old college had Macs in the design, Art and Media department. I did media at college and used the iMacs. You may think PCS are cheaper, but in the long run they are far more expensive to maintain and keep working properly. I don't recall ever seeing an IT tech doing anything to any of the Macs and we had over 500 in the one building. It was a daily occurrence them going round fixing crashed PCS though in other parts of the college LOL. They also have to run constant updates on the PCS and make sure all anti virus stuff is working correctly.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    How can this be an "educational" discount? It's kind of ironic when you are offering this for educational institutions; you have to be pretty uneducated to buy into this price tag!

    Sure it's a MAC, but seriously, $1099 is quite steep.
  12. macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2012
    PC's are nerdy. Mac's are cool. If you want to engage the general population of kids, you need to be cool.

    And what Macnerd93 said...too!
  13. macrumors 68040

    Jul 18, 2011
    Does the 5 license per app rule still apply here?. Cheaper software could be one good reason for going Mac. With programs like pixelmator going at a mere fraction of what photoshop is retailing, you would more than recoup your initial investment in the long run.
  14. macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    Why do you use a Mac when PCs are far better?

    Macs are easier to use and harder to screw up. That's why they're used in schools. Kids know even less about computers now than they did in the 80s.
  15. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  16. macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2013
    London, UK
    I really don't know about this model. I mean, if $200 gets you an i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and the very decent GT 640M as opposed to the integrated graphics, I think that any consumer wanting to get one of these iMacs would still choose all of the above over a $200 discount. But this is hardly a discount for schools, it is just a lower-price option.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2012
    Wouldn't mind buying this for a family member, cheap and just as an effective for your average users
  18. macrumors 68020

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Actually, it's "Mac", not MAC. Back to school for you friend. :)

    And $1099 for a powerful computer is a good price. Back when I was in school, Macs cost upwards of $5000.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009

    All a kid needs is a Mac and he can start writing apps (OS X or iOS) and make them available to the world in hours. For another $99 he can start selling them.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    Sorry to be a downer though for that price, I am not impressed at all.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2013
    I used iMacs in my high school for photography, and they were pretty neat! They actually made all the students want to learn with all these cool iMacs around :)
  22. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2007

    Apple will sell Millions. Why? Enlarging the EcoSystem to enhance the iPad experience.

    It will work. :apple:
  23. macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2011
    This computer is not "powerful", especially considering it costs $1099. It's a desktop computer that doesnt even feature a dedicated GPU! That is astounding terrible, given the price of the thing.

    Educational facilities are normally run on highly monitored, shoestring budgets. I simply dont see any normal institution spending this kind of money on something so weak, considering what $1099 will get you when it comes to buying Windows-based machines, subtracting bulk-buy discount.
  24. macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    You really don't have a clue do you?
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009
    It uses a Core™ i3-3225 that maxes out at 32GB. Sadly you will need to teardown the iMac to do a user upgrade.

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