Apple launches iMac model for education for under $1,000

Apple has always seen the education market as a huge one to sell lots of its Mac products. This week the web site MacRumors.com spotted a new model of Apple's iMac PC that's on sale for just $999. The catch is that it is for education customers only and is not available for individual purchases. In other words even if you are a student or a teacher you cannot buy this new iMac.

The hardware specs for this "education only" version of the all-in-one iMac includes a 21.5 inch screen, a 3.1 GHz Intel Core i3 Dual-Core processor, an AMD Radeon HD 6750 graphics card with 256 MB of RAM, 2 GB of memory (expandable to 8 GB for more money), a 250 GB hard drive, a Superdrive and of course OS X Lion, the latest version of Mac OS X that was launched just a few weeks ago. One interesting thing about this model of the iMac is there's no Thunderbolt port available; just a mini-Display Port. Thunderbolt, the new ultra-fast data and video transfer port, was added to the iMac line-up for regular consumers a few weeks ago. The education version of the iMac still has a Firewire port and four USB ports.

It remains to be seen if Apple will ever release an iMac for under $1,000. Apple has a history of keeping prices of its Mac products high compared to other PCs due in part to the fact that demand for its products have continued even with its high prices.

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doesnt seem like anyone else is caring.. but.. my school is buying the 27" Macs already.. Already a classroom full of them.. and still buying..

Soooooo Why care about the price now?

My school is getting all new computers with Windows 7. Probably 1000+ when all is said and done. As far as I know, they only have maybe two hands-full of Mac's.

Reacon said,
Did anyone care to notice that it only has 256 mb of ram?

That's the video, system memory is 2GB default, up to 8. (Granted, still a little light for the price.)

Hopefully educational institutions would be educated enough to see that this, and well, pretty much any other apple computer ever made, is a blatant rip off.

i find irritating how apple haters speak about the price of their computers.. go and complain to bmw to sell you a car for $10,000..

jkrlox said,
i find irritating how apple haters speak about the price of their computers.. go and complain to bmw to sell you a car for $10,000..

and i like how apple lovers defend apple price with silly comparisons? first you dont know about cars. 10000? for a bmw? ... and second, if you knew about cars you would know WHY they cost so much. its not only about the BMW brand. just saying

so then, it means apple stuff should be more powerful for what they cost, because 1000 for what these imacs have its not like what we can call powerful.

Jobs is Rasputin, apple convinces people to overpay for computers that you can pay half as much for the same specs. Given the fact that states and schools have no money it makes no sense whatsoever to buy apples.

1.) Don't be ridiculous guys. Schools aren't buying these things for $1000. My small CSU w/ ~8000 students has at least 3-500 iMacs around campus. They're getting them at a huge discount.
2.) They install OSX AND Windows on the machines. The computer starts up and students can easily choose between which OS they want to use. Lots of students these days are only familiar with OSX and prefer using it. Shocker that somebody likes a product you don't, I know.

For such a price I would buy something really powerful... and if I want to be clever enough I would create a hackintosh. (I mean... if it's strictly mandatory to have that OS)

Sorry still too expensive. Wonder how well Apple would compete if they really dropped the prices of their hardware?

notta said,
Sorry still too expensive. Wonder how well Apple would compete if they really dropped the prices of their hardware?

Probably pretty well, but there will always be that fringe group on Neowin that will insist that Apple is too expensive.

notta said,
Sorry still too expensive. Wonder how well Apple would compete if they really dropped the prices of their hardware?
They might do pretty well. But that's something we'll never find out as the people who run apple are far too greedy to price things properly.

With many schools feeling the budget crunch nationwide, this doesn't really come off as a good deal. When a school could get 2-3 Windows-based systems for the same price as one of these, that makes all the difference in the world for the people purchasing them. And down here in AL/FL, people are ripping off AC units for copper and eating into the meager school budgets that the systems here already have.

ir0nw0lf said,
With many schools feeling the budget crunch nationwide, this doesn't really come off as a good deal. When a school could get 2-3 Windows-based systems for the same price as one of these, that makes all the difference in the world for the people purchasing them. And down here in AL/FL, people are ripping off AC units for copper and eating into the meager school budgets that the systems here already have.

These would be a steal for Art + Design Colleges, when I was in College, doing Film + Media, we were in the art building, with a suite of Mac Pro's, and the artists and photographers had iMacs for Photoshop. If a College was saving up for Macs than this could be perfect for them in this financial climate.

McKay said,

These would be a steal for Art + Design Colleges, when I was in College, doing Film + Media, we were in the art building, with a suite of Mac Pro's, and the artists and photographers had iMacs for Photoshop. If a College was saving up for Macs than this could be perfect for them in this financial climate.

Lol, art design on a Mac? You could have two computers for the same price and do the same thing.

Ben Dyson said,
They could buy 3 Windows computers for the price of one Mac, and these can't even run Adobe

Well, you can do many things with 1000 for example, you can buy a woman in tailand for 200$ and have money left over for a PC and an AK47 but really, who is counting and cares


The real issue here is (more or less) ... you want apple, you pay what they ask, you want PC you go and find something that fits the budget ... is as if, you want a brand new 2012 BMW and you tell them they are too expensive and overpriced and end up getting a used Toyota Tercel

Also, there is a loophole in this
Say the school buys these computers (assuming they don't force a lease only agreement) then, the school can buy 12, let the eployees pay for the 2 (at 999) and use the 10 for deployment. So apple, does not know and you can get yout <1000 Mac.

So you have to jump through hoops to get one at $1000, sorry just under.

So not only do Apple restrict their operating systems compared to others on the market they are now restricting who they sell their hardware to, yes others do the same but not with a entry-level $1000 machine.

I suppose the new scaled-down iPhone will be restricted who can buy that.

stevember said,
So you have to jump through hoops to get one at $1000, sorry just under.

So not only do Apple restrict their operating systems compared to others on the market they are now restricting who they sell their hardware to, yes others do the same but not with a entry-level $1000 machine.

I suppose the new scaled-down iPhone will be restricted who can buy that.

Nobody is forcing anyone to buy it

stevember said,
So not only do Apple restrict their operating systems compared to others on the market they are now restricting who they sell their hardware to, yes others do the same but not with a entry-level $1000 machine..

Sounds like you're complaining because it's apple tbh.They also have educational discounts on mini's, ipads, and macbooks. This imac is considerably less than you'd usually get with an educational discount on a "regular" imac.

I can also find a bunch of student discounts with PC's that are in the $1000 zone.

shockz said,

Sounds like you're complaining because it's apple tbh.They also have educational discounts on mini's, ipads, and macbooks. This imac is considerably less than you'd usually get with an educational discount on a "regular" imac.

I can also find a bunch of student discounts with PC's that are in the $1000 zone.

Don't get weighted down by facts here. We're discussing our hatred for Apple. Now let's stay on topic.

shockz said,

Sounds like you're complaining because it's apple tbh.They also have educational discounts on mini's, ipads, and macbooks.

Maybe. posted from my iPad

wmacdona said,
Don't be a fool -schools
You are still being robbed by Jobs.

They should get the education first so they know better than to purchase those things.

wmacdona said,
Don't be a fool -schools
You are still being robbed by Jobs.

Another post from you where you mention Steve Job.

On this toy doll, show me where Steve Job touched you.