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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:16 am    Post subject: Apple Intros New Entry-Level iMac for $1099 Reply with quote

Apple Intros New Entry-Level iMac for $1099
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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Apple today introduced a new entry-level iMac. This new system in the iMac product line includes a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz, a 500GB hard drive, 8GB of system memory, and Intel HD 5000 Graphics. Customers may also upgrade the system with a 1TB hard drive, 1TB Fusion Drive, or 256GB of flash storage as BTO options. The new entry-level iMac is available now from the Apple Store and priced at $1099.



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't understand why they went with that processor. Epecially considering that you can find the old entry level model from other retailers with the quad-core 2.7GHz chip and another 500GB of storage for around the same price. This model is basically a MacBook Air with a larger screen.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can't upgrade the RAM like one either.

http://blog.macsales.com/25084-teardown-of-lower-cost-2014-imac-reveals-memory-not-user-upgradable
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's seems like Apple could and should have hit the sub $1000 barrier with this configuration.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not bad but nothing to get excited about. Probably fits well in the school/lab market place. 8GB of RAM will take care of most needs.

I'm just underwhelmed. I really do question where the Apple innovation is at right now. Just seems to be rather boring. I am all for seeing lower costs Macs, but just doesn't seem to have any excitement at all.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Y-Guy wrote:
I'm just underwhelmed. I really do question where the Apple innovation is at right now. Just seems to be rather boring. I am all for seeing lower costs Macs, but just doesn't seem to have any excitement at all.

It's like watching paint dry. They have a system like the Mac mini that has a lot of people excited and waiting, prime for a major refresh, and they just let it sit with technology from over two years ago. The Mac Pro had an awesome refresh, but it's not a system that your average Joe can afford. Meanwhile, the MacBook Air is sitting with old display tech and the iMac is either love it or hate it based somewhat on the AIO design. The top models are also pretty expensive. That leaves the MBPr, which is the only Mac worth buying at the moment. It has Haswell, decent graphics, and a great screen. But it even seems due for a refresh or price cut now.

I don't know what's happened to Apple. Maybe too many resources have been sent over to the next iPhone and developing iOS, but the state of the Mac is a major dissapointment. It's a bore like you said. Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The iMac is pretty much a retina screen and perhaps a touchscreen away from being perfect. I probably wouldn't buy one until they put one in it, since it's the next logical step forward. A step that will more than likely come within the next couple months to year.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is an updated Mac mini too hard to handle for Apple at this point? I personally know three people waiting on one. Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelSpinners wrote:
The iMac is pretty much a retina screen and perhaps a touchscreen away from being perfect. I probably wouldn't buy one until they put one in it, since it's the next logical step forward. A step that will more than likely come within the next couple months to year.


iMacs aren't even half way to being Retina Display, they have the worst pixel density of all the Macs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_displays_by_pixel_density#Apple

As far as the new iMac is concerned, I know a lot of people are slamming it because it has a Dual Core processor and fixed RAM but so does Apple's most popular computer... the MacBook Air.
If you compare the new iMac to a dual core Mac mini (which doesn't come with a keyboard, mouse, display, decent speakers, microphone or iSight camera the new iMac looks like good value. By the time you added all of those components (at iMac quality) you be hard pressed to source them for $500.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All though it seems cheap i must admit i would pay that because i love the imac line and for a basic imac at only 1,000 dollers i would do that in 5 min
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
All though it seems cheap i must admit i would pay that because i love the imac line and for a basic imac at only 1,000 dollers i would do that in 5 min

Stay tuned because it's bound to be discounted at the likes of Best Buy, Mac Mall and B&H soon enough. You can also pick up the previous generation for that price today, which probably blows this model away in the speed department easily.

http://www.macmall.com/p/Apple-iMac/product~dpno~9425077~pdp.iaebhai
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's face it. This model isn't designed to appeal to everyone, but in all likely hood it will end up being a huge seller, just like the iPhone 5C. Many people slammed it, but Apples sales numbers speak for themselves.

I work for an Apple Premium reseller and I guarantee if we weren't already using the previous base models as our workstations, we would be using these models.

Educational institutions aren't likely to purchase anything but this model.

I'll let you guys know how things look by fall, but likely this is going to be one of Apple's best selling desktops this summer.

I would personally rather own this model than a Mac mini. (Sorry mini fans). If you compare it to the current mac Mini pricing structure it makes sense. The current dual core mini has a 500GB HDD and a dual core processor. For $200 more you get a quad core and a 1TB HDD. Same applies to the iMacs.

I think the quad core models are better value personally and in 3 years you'll probably be glad you stepped up, but not everybody thinks that way. Perhaps purchasing AppleCare or an external backup drive and a printer might be $200 better spent.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
Educational institutions aren't likely to purchase anything but this model..

Didn't they already have an iMac priced at $999 with better specs for education?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be a buyer of this model or the model above it with a retina screen at the same prices. Hopefully that comes later this year or in early 2015. Having a touchscreen would be nice as well.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blazer wrote:
Bandit Bill wrote:
Educational institutions aren't likely to purchase anything but this model..

Didn't they already have an iMac priced at $999 with better specs for education?


It is $1099 and it is an i3.

I haven't seen a comparison of the two, but the new one is an i5. It may have a lower clock speed but it will outperform the old model. The educational institutions will also appreciate the energy savings.
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