Apple Launches $999 iMac for Educational Institutions

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  1. MacRumors, Aug 8, 2011
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    Apr 12, 2001


    Apple has quietly launched a lower cost $999 iMac for educational institutions this morning. The new low-end model is labeled "Education only" and is not available for individuals. The new iMac appeared on Apple's Higher Educational online store early this morning. We've received word of the specs which are not yet published on the site. They include the following reduced features:

    - 3.1GHz Intel Core i3 Dual-Core
    - 21.5-inch LCD
    - AMD Radeon HD 6750 with 256MB
    - 2GB RAM
    - 250GB Hard Drive
    - SuperDrive
    - OS X Lion

    The next higher model is $1149 and offers a 2.5GHz Quad-Core i5 with 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive.

    Article Link: Apple Launches $999 iMac for Educational Institutions
  2. macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2010
    London, UK
    I can't see this being popular, bearing in mind that the vast majority of schools and universities, at least here in the UK, are still based around Windows. And the fact that a model with a vastly better processor is only $150 more.
  3. macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2010
    and FOUR (!!) GB of RAM. Common, Apple, really? 2GB for Lion by default in an iMac? I bought my first iMac in 2007 and it had 2GB.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2011
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2010
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    This would make it easier for schools across America to provide a machine that performs well enough for today's students. If Apple does not have this market yet, they are well on their way to have it all!
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    Feb 2, 2009
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    Nice, I'm in for 0 of em!

    Giving up quad core, 2gb ram, and a nice chunk of hdd space to save $150 doesn't seem worth it. I realize that might change when you are buying 50 of them, but still...

    Also, I wonder why Apple would want their slowest, worst machines to be the ones used in education. It will be the first experience a lot of kids have with a Mac. You'd think they might just offer some extra volume discounts to education on their standard models.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2011
    Many US schools have been with Apple for decades. My daughter's school has two large locking carts full of MacBooks (probably 40-50 of them) and there are another 40-50 of the white plastic iMacs in the library. I guarantee they'll be replaced with something like this when they get too old to support.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2010
    Yes but this is changing, UK education wants to provide a choice to students and this now makes it an even more attractive choice!

    This might be an 'entry level' iMac but there is still nothing entry about it compared to most of the PCs you'll find in any education institute.

    Check out our education Mac pages -
  9. macrumors 68000

    Apr 13, 2010
    Into the lungs of Hell
    Because they are used to using Windows, they will always use Windows?

    $150 difference for a thousand machines is approx $150,000. That's a lot of money.

    One of my friends, studied at University of Hertfordshire, UK and all the machines in all the computer clusters were OS X based, most of them being iMacs.

    So if the software permits, there could be massive deployment of OSX based iMacs in the next few years in all the major universities in the US as well as the UK.
  10. macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2011
  11. macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    A lot of schools won't require the performance nor will they have power users.

    The specs Apple are offering are enough for your average school needs.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2008
    US only at the moment? Can't see it here in Australia.
  13. macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2009
    if this hits £749 in UK stores ill buy one, although i dont think it'll happen..
  14. macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2008
    Having served on my local school board and gone through three budget cycles, I can say with certainty that magic numbers like "under $1000" are indeed important. In our district we use iMacs up through grade 6, PCs after that. The kind of things that PCs are used for in grade school are not CPU intensive, so spending 15% more on a better CPU is not likely to happen, even when that 15% is "only" $150.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 10, 2010
    The staff will be trained how to use Windows.
    The school will already have the software and licenses for Windows software.
    The whole network will be set up to use Windows systems.
    Its not as easy as just replacing computer.
    Plus the fact that $1000 is a lot of money for a computer.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2011
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2008
    Clarification: Is this for individual students, or rather educational institutions looking to use iMacs in school?
  18. macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2011
    Educational Institutions

  19. Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
  20. macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    Well, those specs can't be true...
    apple upgraded all their apple products in their stores to 4GB RAM for better support of Lion...
    So they won't sell it with less than 4 GB of RAM...

    The only products with less than 4GB RAM at tho moment are:
    The lowest 11" Air (but it has ssd, so there is no problem their) (2 GB)
    The lowest Mac mini (2 GB)
    And the Mac Pro (3GB) but that's a 377 days old machine, so that doesn't count too...

    So actually the only Apple product with less than 4GB RAM is the Mac mini, but almost everyone will upgrade it to 4GB for only 99.99€ (or 100$)
  21. macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2009
    It seems likely that $999 is the list price only. Institutions will likely get a large discount on this price. Apple can easily afford to discount based on these specs.
  22. macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2010

    My uni in the UK was windows based (XP btw didn't trust the newer versions of windows :D) but the computer areas were about 10% iMacs, with all the machines in the 'creative' subjects' building being mac.

    Shame they will probably all ship with the mighty mouse so people would get them at their Uni won't get to use gestures though.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2011
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    Nope, not yet
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2008
    Ah. Turns out I'm blind ;)

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