Be honest: you always wanted an iMac but you were always discouraged by its price. Well, many people were, in any case, and perhaps this is the reason why Apple decided to release a cheaper version of the iMac two days ago. We should have heard about this in a more “vocal” manner, but Apple thought to quietly unveil its product and not make such a fuss about it. There were some rumors and speculations, but when it comes to Apple leaks, you need to do your homework right.
In the case of the cheaper version of the iMac, we have good news and we have bad news.
The good news is that the 21.5 inches in diagonal new iMac is $200 cheaper than the previous similar model. The bad news is that together with the price discount, the company also discounted some important tech specs.
The cheaper version of the iMac sports only a dual – core a 1.4GHz processor in comparison to the speedier and more powerful four – core 2.7GHz processor we got used to in the previous model. The company also sacrificed storage room, the new iMac coming with only 500 GB of hardware storage, in comparison to the 1TB available before.
If you think you will still be able to play a game and chat with your friends in the same time, you might find yourself in trouble, as the processor’s speed might affect your multitasking skills and the graphic card is not so good to sustain heavy gaming. If you are ambitious enough to have both the cheap price and the processor speed you want, this cheaper version of iMac also boasts with a Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz, which can compensate for other loses.
However, the guys from 9to5mac are right:
If you were desperate for a slightly-cheaper desktop Mac, the product is ready to ship today. The rest of the iMac lineup remains the same — there is no equivalent ‘cheap model’ of the 27 inch iMac. The target market for this product is unclear, offering relatively minor cost savings yet yielding a big drop in performance and storage space.
You don’t have to be a genius to understand that Apple is cutting down prices to its gadgets in order to bolster sales and get new fans. While you can trade performance for a lower price and the pride of being an Apple iDevice owner, the current $1099 price for a cheaper, less powerful iMac is still too much to pay for. The iMac is available online, in Apple authorized stores and re-sellers and you can compare the prices and make up your mind by checking these comparison charts.