Wednesday, June 18th 2014

Apple Introduces New Entry Level 21.5-inch iMac

Apple today introduced a new 21.5-inch iMac starting at just $1,099, making the world's leading all-in-one desktop even more affordable. Featuring a stunning ultra-thin design, brilliant display, Core i5 processors and the world's most advanced operating system, the new iMac is the perfect entry-level Mac desktop.

The new 21.5-inch iMac features a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 2.7 GHz, Intel HD 5000 graphics, 8 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. All iMac models include next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3.0 ports for excellent expandability and support for high-performance peripherals.

iLife and iWork come free with every new Mac. iLife lets you edit your favorite videos with iMovie, create new music or learn to play piano or guitar with GarageBand, and organize, edit and share your best shots with iPhoto. iWork productivity apps, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, make it easy to create, edit and share stunning documents, spreadsheets and presentations. iWork for iCloud beta lets you create your document on iPad, edit it on your Mac and collaborate with friends, even if they're on a PC.

Every Mac comes with OS X, the world's most advanced operating system, designed for ease of use while taking full advantage of the powerful technologies built into every Mac. Earlier this month, Apple announced OS X Yosemite, a powerful new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a fresh, modern look, powerful new apps and amazing new continuity features that make working across your Mac and iOS devices more fluid than ever. The final version of OS X Yosemite will be available for free from the Mac App Store this fall.

Pricing & Availability
The new 21.5-inch iMac is available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Starting at $1,099 (US), the new iMac features a 1.4 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 8 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. Configure-to-order options include a 1 TB hard drive, a 1 TB Fusion Drive, and up to 256 GB flash storage. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/imac.
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13 Comments on Apple Introduces New Entry Level 21.5-inch iMac

#1
arbiter
If i spend 1100$ on a machine i would expect it would be able to play games at respectable rez and graphic settings not 720p low settings cause gpu is pretty slow.
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#2
xvi
There are AIOs with better specs for half the cost. I know they don't run OS X (legally) and that Apple generally puts slightly better hardware in their machines than others, but the latter being the only one that affects cost, that's a lot of Apple tax.
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#3
ktr
Might as well get a Mac Air and plug a monitor to it. Get the best of both worlds then for roughly the same cost.
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#4
silapakorn
1.4ghz processor? What year is it?
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9700 Pro
by: silapakorn
1.4ghz processor? What year is it?
I guess it's an ULV model or something, since it still has turbo up to 2.7GHz.
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#6
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: ktr
Might as well get a Mac Air and plug a monitor to it. Get the best of both worlds then for roughly the same cost.
That is exactly what I was thinking performance wise as I have a 13" MBA for work (one gen back, i5-4250U, 1.3Ghz/2.6Ghz Boost). The new refresh of MBAs have 1.4Ghz i5s with 2.7Ghz boost. Sound familiar? I think the iMac has a little bit of a heads up with respect to expansion though.

The new iMac has two thunderbolt ports unlike the MBA's one, it has an Ethernet port, unlike the MBA, it has 4 USB 3.0 ports instead of 2 like the MBA as well, so not all is lost.

Everyone is complaining that the CPU is slow and such, but I've yet to run into any kind of performance issue with my MBA for work. I feel like every Mac I've used in the last few years has had the same performance as the last and has always been adequate, granted I'm not talking about games. You just simply don't buy a Mac for gaming, you don't.

by: 9700 Pro
I guess it's an ULV model or something, since it still has turbo up to 2.7GHz.
Intel i5-4260U, 15-watt TDP. It's a ULV mobile CPU. I think it's a Haswell refresh CPU as I have the 4250U which was released almost a year ago where this one was just released in the last month or so.
http://ark.intel.com/products/75030/Intel-Core-i5-4260U-Processor-3M-Cache-up-to-2_70-GHz?q=i5-4260U
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#7
BOSE
Silly children, comparing Apples to Oranges. :rolleyes:
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#8
remixedcat
dude.they found a way to charge over a K for the specs that are sorta like my laptop that I paid 80 bucks for off craigslist!

HP2000-412NR/AMD E300/8GB DDR3 RAM/300 GB HDD/AMD RADEON 6310/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/RalinkRT5390 WLAN
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#9
Prima.Vera
by: arbiter
If i spend 1100$ on a machine i would expect it would be able to play games at respectable rez and graphic settings not 720p low settings cause gpu is pretty slow.
You all fail to understand that Macs are not for gaming, but for posh people who likes to feel important and think they are interesting :))
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Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: Prima.Vera
You all fail to understand that Macs are not for gaming, but for posh people who likes to feel important and think they are interesting :))
I think it's a bad assumption to think that all people who are using a Mac are because they like to sip lattes from Starbucks while using their 4,000 USD Macbook Pro w/ Retina that they paid with using money that they wiped their rear end with. I don't need more than a Macbook Air for work and I don't think it's posh because it's the cheapest 13" Mac you can get neither did I pay for it as it was provided to me by work.

So am I uninformed and lacking in intelligence because I use a Mac and that I'm attracted to shiny things because Mac users are that simple minded? Probably not. :p

I would make that argument for people who get a Mac for gaming. :p
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#11
remixedcat
I've seen backwoods rednecks that have macs and iPhone so...
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#12
Prima.Vera
You have to admit thou, that most of people with Macs, and this is another funny stereotype, are using it just for some simple work, FB, office stuff, etc. For real advanced work, like design engineering, CAD engineering or network engineering, most of the programs are running on a Windows environment. Not to mention that 99% of the companies are having Windows as default. ;)
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Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: Prima.Vera
You have to admit thou, that most of people with Macs, and this is another funny stereotype, are using it just for some simple work, FB, office stuff, etc. For real advanced work, like design engineering, CAD engineering or network engineering, most of the programs are running on a Windows environment. Not to mention that 99% of the companies are having Windows as default. ;)
I know a lot of software developers that have Apple laptops. Also Macs tend to be a lot more common in education than many other industries. I personally find OS X easier and more friendly to use than Windows, that is all. I have to admit that I would be careful about making generalizations about people who use a particular kind of device since it's not usually a very good (or reliable) gauge to tell you about the person who uses it or what they use the computer for.
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