In a recent announcement from Apple, they will be releasing a new entry level iMac. The price has been reduced by $200, but in exchange with a slower processor and less storage space. It was announced this Wednesday.
The latest 21.5-inch entry level iMac will be powered by a 1.4 Ghz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor and packed with a 500 GB hard disk along with 8GB of RAM. The price was decreased down to $1,099. This is $200 cheaper from the 2.7 Ghz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, with 1TB of hard disk. All other features are carried over (four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, and 802.11ac wireless receivers) If the $200 cut from the latter?s original price is justifiable, that is entirely up to you.
Aside from the greatly reduced specification with the new iMac, the graphics card has also been downgraded from Intel Iris Pro to Intel HD Graphics 5000. This might be something that gamers and video editors would also like to consider first before making any future purchase.
It would seem that Apple?s intent on making their computers more accessible for the lower-end of the market. This is something that we never saw coming from Apple. It may be just another scheme, like increasing the exposure for their redesigned machines in the future. Regardless of whatever reasons they have, this will certainly make Apple even more competitive with other computer brands.
This would also be a good introduction to people with a tight budget, or for those who have doubted Apple?s ability to deliver (due to the mainstream?s perception of what Apple products are, and about them being over priced)
Apple refers to this as ?The perfect Entry-level Mac Desktop?
Still, a $200 difference between 1.4 Ghz Dual-Core and 2.7 Ghz Quad-Core, between Intel Iris Pro and Intel HD Graphics 5000, and between 500 GB and 1 TB, might be overboard in terms of how the components are downgraded. Some people would think that this deal might be shrouded in mystery.
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