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Apple Details Differences in 20" Educational iMac (Mid 2009)

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Apple has published a new service document to authorized Apple repair shops that details the differences between the Early 2009 iMac and the recently released $899 (Mid 2009) 20" Educational iMac.

According to the document, the Early 2009 iMac and Mid 2009 iMacs are very similar. The only differences detailed are that the Mid 2009 iMac does not have Infrared or Bluetooth and has a smaller 160GB Harddrive.
 

jinjo235

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Below $900?

If it's below $900, which it totally could be given the above details, this would be a huge thing for Apple!
 
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johnnyjibbs

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Strange that Apple would feed the rumour mill such bait. Yes, it must be coming, but it seems odd to me that they would be so explicit in mentioning a new release considering they are normally so secretive. That said, if it's an addition to the range (i.e. an education model), then perhaps the news wouldn't really cannibalise any existing sales for people holding out.
 
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akm3

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taking out bluetooth and IR would save pennies, pointless

No it's not, for a dorm room, Bluetooth and IR (for remote control of all their pirated content) are two features that college kids ACTUALLY USE - thus getting them to buy the more expensive model making Apple ~$100+ in profit for <$1 in parts. That's good business.
 
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slicecom

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No it's not, for a dorm room, Bluetooth and IR (for remote control of all their pirated content) are two features that college kids ACTUALLY USE - thus getting them to buy the more expensive model making Apple ~$100+ in profit for <$1 in parts. That's good business.

These aren't made for kids in dorm rooms, thats what the student discount on all regular macs is for. These are made for educational institutions to buy for labs, where Bluetooth and IR would be utterly useless.
 
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hirshnoc

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It's ridiculous that Apple keeps on withholding features that are standard on every PC. Such as the 'combo drive' on the entry-level MacBooks. Apple REALLY needs to standardize. If you want 2 optical drives, get a Mac Pro, but don't take away the basics.
 
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WildCowboy

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It's ridiculous that Apple keeps on withholding features that are standard on every PC. Such as the 'combo drive' on the entry-level MacBooks. Apple REALLY needs to standardize. If you want 2 optical drives, get a Mac Pro, but don't take away the basics.

The entry-level MacBook has a SuperDrive, as does every other Mac (except the MacBook Air of course).
 
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Rocketman

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It's ridiculous that Apple keeps on withholding features that are standard on every PC. Such as the 'combo drive' on the entry-level MacBooks. Apple REALLY needs to standardize. If you want 2 optical drives, get a Mac Pro, but don't take away the basics.

I wonder if the combo drive actually costs them more than a superdrive due to sales volumes. I suspect it's only purpose is retail price differentiation.

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MarkCollette

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These aren't made for kids in dorm rooms, thats what the student discount on all regular macs is for. These are made for educational institutions to buy for labs, where Bluetooth and IR would be utterly useless.

I think that IR or Bluetooth would likely cause problems, with kids goofing off and messing with other people's computers. I doubt it's for cost reasons that they removed them.
 
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hirshnoc

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@WildCowboy...you're right, they must have upped it to the SuperDrive recently when they introduced the new aluminum models and dropped the price of the entry-level.

Still, there are Macs still shipping without an Airport Extreme card for Wi-Fi...there are at least half a dozen other features that should be standard (I don't know of any PC that doesn't have a wireless card) which just don't ship standard on Macs. Another example, the lack of Firewire on the MacBook is really an odd move especially when it's the standard for mostly all video recording and is a more stable connection than USB 2 for most external drives. Apple trying to beat you up to an MBP if you want to do video--a friend of mine does video editing on his MB (full HD) and does fine.
 
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esquire360

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Of all the people who would use IR & front row...

Coollege students I feel would the most. Why remove it from them? oh well my 3¢..
 
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Spock

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@WildCowboy...you're right, they must have upped it to the SuperDrive recently when they introduced the new aluminum models and dropped the price of the entry-level.

Still, there are Macs still shipping without an Airport Extreme card for Wi-Fi...there are at least half a dozen other features that should be standard (I don't know of any PC that doesn't have a wireless card) which just don't ship standard on Macs. Another example, the lack of Firewire on the MacBook is really an odd move especially when it's the standard for mostly all video recording and is a more stable connection than USB 2 for most external drives. Apple trying to beat you up to an MBP if you want to do video--a friend of mine does video editing on his MB (full HD) and does fine.

I'm finding that like jobs said, most newer cameras are USB and as far as a wireless card goes, the only machine that does not include wi fi is the mac pro, and really how many need to have a 50 pound computer wireless?
 
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Kar98

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I don't see the education value in legos... And do you think schools are going to be throwing money at blutooth devices like this anyway?

Hell, if they're throwing away money on iMacs... :D

the only machine that does not include wi fi is the mac pro, and really how many need to have a 50 pound computer wireless?

Uh... no need run network cables all over the place?
 
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