Meet The New $999 Education-Only iMac

Meet The New $999 Education-Only iMac

Many of us first encountered Apple Computers in schools, but Apple’s once dominant position in the educational market has seemed to fade over the last decade. Now Apple’s setting out to do something about it, as they’ve just released a brand new sub-$1000 iMac aimed for schools and institutions.

Available exclusively to educational customers, the new $999 21-inch iMac includes a 3.1GHz Intel Core i3 dual-core processor, 21.5-inch display, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 250 GB hard drive, SuperDrive and an AMD Radeon HD 6750 GPU. It ships with Lion, naturally, but educational customers will have to forget about a Thunderbolt port for right now.

Not a bad machine for the price, but given the next model up is only $150 more and comes with a 2.5Ghz i5 Processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and a Thunderbolt port. Even so, we hope the education-only iMac makes a dent on the Windows-infested computer labs of most high schools.

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  • skratchworx

    I really hope that it’s not another eMac. The machine had promise, but sadly was built on a budget. We bought 5 and sent them all back with logic board problems. Impressionable young minds don’t need to associate Apple with failure. 

  • FrankMacdonald

    I just paid $ 23.86 for an iPhone and my girlfriend loves her Dell laptop that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 42 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 665 which only cost me $ 62,81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, GrabPenny.com

  • c.t

    What is the eMac?

  • dave livingston

     Education Mac, white, weighed 40 lbs, was bullet proof

  • Morialkar

    I’m in complete awe before this!

  • Allan Cook

    My daughters have used Macs at school since they were in preschool. Now my oldest is taking her MBP to Paris for a year and my youngest, headed into 10th grade, carries her MB everywhere she goes. They haven’t ever used any other kind of computer. This is very smart marketing for Apple.

  • Allan Cook

    Go away, you feckless troll!

  • Dominus Ominous

    While an attractively priced machine is important, Apple needs to do some of the wholesale marketshare purchases the Windblows faction did to eject Apple from schools in the first place. I recall seeing reports of whole districts being outfitted for 60% or so of open market pricing on comparative machines.

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  • CharliK

    So basically just like with the white macbook, they took an old model that they aren’t really making anymore and decided if schools want to order a ton of them they would build them 

  • CharliK

    Did you look at the specs. It’s the low end pre thunderbolt iMac you could buy at the stores. 

    And the iMacs that came out at the same time as the eMacs had the same issues. Which makes sense cause they were in fact the same machine just with different preloaded software. 

  • AlbertoZermeno

    HA HA , Mde my day.

  • AlbertoZermeno

    Thnx , was like wha?

  • Kendall Tawes

    CRT eMac vs LCD (lampshade) iMac

  • Kendall Tawes

    I just paid 12¢ for a Bugatti Veyron and my girlfriend loves her new moon that we got for ¢1 there arriving tomorrow by train of flying white stallions I will never pay such expensive black market prices in back alleys again. Especially when I also sold a human kidney to my boss for $ 666666665 which only cost me $ 16,¡8 to buy. Here is the website to eff yourself you stupid GrabPenny harlot, honestly, youre so annoying go away and die!!!! | Facebook

  • CharliK

    my bad. You are correct. I meant to say the CRT iMacs that came out at the same time, which are what was carried over as the emac. My fingers skipped a word. 

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