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Apple Announces $899 20" iMac for Schools

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For those of you thinking all this sounds a little familiar, that’s because it was widely reported a few weeks ago. While we didn’t believe the company’s educational site when it said “the iMac line also includes a 17-inch model starting at $899,” under the “The New iMac Line” header, we were still hopeful.

It seemed some of us may have gotten excited over nothing, though. While not offered at retail, Apple still makes a 17-inch polycarbonate iMac for K12 and Higher Education priced at exactly $899. The rumor put to rest, we forgot about the possibility of Apple offering anyone anything under a thousand bucks. Lost cause.

Perhaps not. For a company so careful with announcements and launches, Apple sure did mess this one up. The company always tries to play its hand as close to the chest as possible, which is one of the reasons we didn’t believe last month’s rumor in the first place. However, last week the company updated education pricelists, discontinuing the aforementioned 17 inch and replacing it with the new 20 inch iMac for the same money.

All boiled down? Educational institutions get the 20 inch iMac (2GHz Core 2 Duo, GeForce 9400, 1GB DDR3, 160GB hard drive, 802.11n, Ethernet, four USB ports, a FireWire port and a slot-loading SuperDrive.) for a hundred bucks less. Check out the PDF here.

(Via MacWorld)

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    tacoslave , April 15, 2009 8:52 PM
    i hate apple so much. fucking hippies and college kids who dont know shit about computer's tout them around as though they are some sort of trophy. then of course the maacbook air now that is a piece of without compare.besides macs dont look that cool anyways, well not enough to justify the double price over a better pc.
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    jeep11 , April 15, 2009 8:17 PM
    Ehh
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    bustapr , April 15, 2009 8:28 PM
    I dont like apple, never will!
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    avericia , April 15, 2009 8:41 PM
    1g of ddr3 is just plain dumb for $900 it should have at least 2g of ddr2. The apple tax is insulting you can get any other company's pc with better stats for half the price.

    Only the extremely uninformed buyer would ever consider these boxes.
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    tacoslave , April 15, 2009 8:52 PM
    i hate apple so much. fucking hippies and college kids who dont know shit about computer's tout them around as though they are some sort of trophy. then of course the maacbook air now that is a piece of without compare.besides macs dont look that cool anyways, well not enough to justify the double price over a better pc.
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    SneakySnake , April 15, 2009 8:52 PM
    Your correct in saying that that $900 dollar computer, but a school doesn't need more then 1 GB of RAM when all they do is web browse and do stuff in word.

    Any company that wants to make more profit will increase profits by eliminating parts that the consumer wouldn't really need
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2009 9:09 PM
    @SneakySnake You are a retard, 1 gig of ram? next they'll be replacing the keyboard with the wheel... (google macbook wheel)
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    mrubermonkey , April 15, 2009 9:13 PM
    Great, now educational institutions will be able to act as wholesalers to retailers that will then sell to consumers or maybe they will cut out the middleman entirely and start selling their "surplus' iMacs to consumers directly.
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    tayb , April 15, 2009 9:21 PM
    If an institution really wants OS X for some reason get a Pystar. You can get a faster machine for $500.
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    dark_lord69 , April 15, 2009 9:26 PM
    OMG!! Apple is really trying hard with this one! LOL!! They finally sell something for less than $1000 and it's got almost no RAM. 1 GB of ram is a joke, I have 4 times that in my computer.
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    hellwig , April 15, 2009 9:28 PM
    A few months ago I saw Oregon Trail (updated version, not very good) for the PC. I have no reason to ever go back to a Mac, but man, did I love playing that game at school during lunch.
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    chuenl , April 15, 2009 9:34 PM
    If the school knows how to save money, they should just spend half of that $900 and get a Dell Mini.

    Of course, they will have to stick with Micro$oft and hire a good IT to fight with all the potential viruses that were out there.
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    gesha , April 15, 2009 9:39 PM
    Just for kicks:

    CPU: Well I can't even find an intel C2D 2ghz CPU anywhere, so forced to go with the T8100 at 2.1GHz instead. Not available for resale, but on e-bay under $150. And since we know that ebay is now more expensive then NewEgg, we can assume that this is overpriced. More like $125ish would be right.

    GeForce 9400: Assuming this is the 512MB model, not 1GB. Non the less, price is $50 for 512MB, and about $60 for the 1GB.

    160GB HD (lol at this btw). Assume a quality company, so lets take Seagate 7200.12. $40. If you prefer another manufacturer, $45 tops.

    802.11n card. At best, $25. At worst, $75 for some of the highest end model. Can safely assume highest end is NOT in the iMac. So approximat about $45.

    DDR3 1066. LOl at this too. 1GB eh? Couldn't find any 512MBx2 kits, so assume 1 stick, tops at $18.99. 2GB kits top at $38.99 btw, just for comparison's sake.

    DVDRW - looking at only the 'slim' models, this still tops out at $70, and goes as low as $39. Apples Superdrive retails for $100 just for comparison.

    OS - XP Pro for OEMs - $140

    20"LCDs retail for approx $150. Lets be conservative and say a laptop LCD costs the same amount.

    Laptop Camera: best options will run about $80-$100. Mainstream is
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    keither5150 , April 15, 2009 10:08 PM
    The schools should be buying lease backs for about $150. This will get you a XP capable machine that is about 3-4 years old. Add in a CRT 17 or 19 for about $20- $30. They would be retarded to buy new machines.

    They could buy these units by the pallet from Dell.
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    blazer_123 , April 15, 2009 10:28 PM
    Good work Gesha. A very conservative estimate that shows even with relatively high end components, which the product will not have, this machine would only cost ~$700 retail.

    A M$ fanboy would have just noted the lowest possible prices and summed them up. Keep in mind that wouldn't be the worst idea however because apple does not buy retail and the lowest retail prices wouldn't be too far off the mark of production costs.
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    The_Blood_Raven , April 15, 2009 10:54 PM
    Wow this is amazing! Apple is thinking schools shovel out $900 for computers!? My school paid $350 each for their computers and that was when school budget were decent! My school already breaks the law by requiring $20 and an extra $70 for each sport or club a student may be in. Where does Apple think schools will get the extra cash to buy overpriced computers that do not even meet the basic needs of the school (restricting any from of use of the PC via security software) and its students (it is nice being able to understand the OS when using it)?

    Also the PCs at my school are ancient, but have the following parts (I might have broken a few rules looking up there system specs):

    Basic:
    P4 2.2 Ghz
    1GB DDR 333 Mhz
    graphics unknown
    20GB HDD

    For teachers:
    AMD Athlon XP 2200+ 1.8 Ghz
    1GB DDR 333 Mhz
    ATI Xpress 200m
    40 GB HDD

    Both of which have 1GB OF RAM!!!

    And for a fun comparison.

    The principle's PC built by your truly:
    Q9450 @ 3.6 Ghz w/ swiftech H120 (large heatsinks would not fit)
    MSI P45
    8GB DDR2 1000 Mhz 4-4-4-15 Mushkin Redline
    9600 GT low profile
    Silverstone HTPC case.
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    jsloan , April 16, 2009 12:05 AM
    wow what a deal, they are selling the old discounted models to students and asking them to pay through the nose for them...
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    mii , April 16, 2009 6:10 AM
    This comment is for tacoslave. In colleges people need to get work done and no time for pc related issues that is why they own Apples. Dealing with a load of pc hardware and driver issues and knowing how to resolve them does not constitute "knowing shit" about computers. What you claim to know is exactly that... useless shit. I doubt you do anything past putting crappy pcs together and game on it. I would be shocked if your computer skills are past that. Apple is purchased by people who want headache free computing experience. For the rest of you there is the cheap pc alternative. Enjoy.
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    megamanx00 , April 16, 2009 6:22 AM
    What did you do today son

    iLearn

    :D 
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    The_Blood_Raven , April 16, 2009 10:37 AM
    miiThis comment is for tacoslave. In colleges people need to get work done and no time for pc related issues that is why they own Apples. Dealing with a load of pc hardware and driver issues and knowing how to resolve them does not constitute "knowing shit" about computers. What you claim to know is exactly that... useless shit. I doubt you do anything past putting crappy pcs together and game on it. I would be shocked if your computer skills are past that. Apple is purchased by people who want headache free computing experience. For the rest of you there is the cheap pc alternative. Enjoy.


    Yeah and then there is Apple who charges an extra 30-60% the price for a PC with an OS that has just as many problems as Windows, sorry try again.
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    vaskodogama , April 16, 2009 12:03 PM
    Apple OSX: too dumb, too numb, too chilish!
    MS Windows: Friendly, not with everyone that put finger in it's ass!
    Linux: Angry, Not kind with anyone exept Hardcore users

    and about this hardware apple selling, like always, they are charging FAR more than the normal price!
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