March 9, 2013
C’mon, Apple! New Education iMacs Cost $100 More
Apple has been in schools for a long time, arguably for longer than anyone ever should.
Computer labs have long been stocked with Macs, from the old and boxy style of the Mac ED and the Jobs-and-Ive-designed iMac with a handle. These days, Macs still have a place in schools, even if they’re sharing that space with that new, hot-to-trot iPad.
Late last year, Apple redesigned their iMac, giving it an incredibly thin edge, albeit with a baby bump in the back, and some faster internals.
It was only a matter of time before Apple would begin offering these machines to educational institutions at a special, education discount. Or maybe they forgot about that little discount?
The new, education only 21.5-inch iMac model is better spec’d than the previous model, but it’s also priced $100 more than the previous model’s $999.
The new entry level and education only model ships with a 3.3 GHz dual-core i3 processor, a lesser chip than the 2.7 GHz quad-core i5 found in the normal, every day 21.5-inch machine.
It is, however, a bump from the previous education model’s 3.1 GHz dual-core i3 CPU. It also bests the previous model in terms of RAM (4 GB instead of 2 GB) and hard drive (500 GB instead of 250 GB).
The newer education model iMac does ship with slightly lesser graphics capabilities than the previous model.
The new education iMac also ships with some new ports, including the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports. Interestingly enough, one hole is noticeably absent — the CD drive.
When Apple yanked this drive from the new iMacs, the implication was that only dummies who aren’t hip with the Mac App Store scene need a CD drive. For those regular consumers who feel they still need one, they can add a standalone drive to their purchase.
Not so for the education model. This device is sans drive and buyers are not able to pick up the standalone drive in the education store.
They could, of course, pick up one of these drives in the regular, every day store, but what’s the fun in that?
These new iMacs are also available to ship in five to seven days as opposed to the regular iMac’s three to five day delivery.
Bringing new iMacs into schools is never a bad thing, yet one has to wonder…will the devilishly thin edge of the iMac cause body image problems for young and impressionable youths?
Alternatively, what about that baby bump on the back?
Does it celebrate or even encourage teen pregnancy?
Only time will tell.
Image Credit: Apple