Apple drops price of iMac to $1,099 with new model

Apple drops price of iMac to $1,099 with new model

Summary: A 21.5-inch version with a less-powerful Intel Core i5 processor and less hard drive space is $200 cheaper than the previous cheapest iMac.

TOPICS: Apple, PCs

It still won't be as cheap as many Windows-based all-in-one PCs, but a new, lower-priced version of Apple's iMac has just been released in advance of back-to-school shopping.

The Apple Store is now selling the base configuration of the iMac for $1,099, though that's due to a model with lesser specs rather than a price drop on the previously cheapest version, which remains at $1,299. While it retains the 21.5-inch 1,920x1,080 (full HD) display and 8GB of RAM, it includes a dual-core 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor and a 500GB hard drive. In comparison, the $1,299 flavor comes with a quad-core 2.7GHz Core i5 CPU and double the hard drive space.

That's a significant drop down in processing power, though average consumers might not notice a major change. The step-down also hurts on the integrated graphics side of things, as the $1,099 iMac makes use of Intel HD Graphics 5000, whereas the $1,299 system uses Intel's superior Iris Pro Graphics. (More analysis from my ZDNet colleague Adrian Kingsley-Hughes can be found here.)

While the new $1,099 iMac is hardly a bargain, the cheaper starting price certainly won't hurt sales, especially for students looking to buy a new desktop for the upcoming school year. Would you be more likely to buy the iMac at its new starting price -- even with the slower processor and less hard drive space? Let us know in the Talkback section below.  

Topics: Apple, PCs

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  • Older Generation iMacs offer considerable benefits….

    There are considerable advantages in having the older generation iMac. The Mid-2011 21.5" iMac has an Intel i5 2.5GHz Sandy Bridge Processor which is more than a match for the latest Haswell Processors. The AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512MB Graphics are crystal clear. It includes a built in Super Drive. The RAM is user upgradeable to a massive 16GB (27"model 32GB). It is more straightforward to access the interior components from the front (for example fitting an SSD) and for those needing Rosetta it is compatible with OS X Snow Leopard.

    The Mid-2011 iMacs are possibly the most flexible of all and a immaculate 21.5" model can be picked up for as little as £600 and represents considerably more bang for your bucks compared to later generation iMacs.