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.