Apple launches lower-cost iMac, now starting at $1,099

By Shawn Knight · 23 replies
Jun 18, 2014
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  1. Apple on Wednesday launched a cheaper 21.5-inch iMac that brings the baseline cost of ownership down from $1,299 to just $1,099.

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  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    "Low Cost"
  3. I was also thinking that "Low cost"
  4. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,319   +1,406

    >lower cost
    no wonder all these hipsters still live with their parents
  5. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 317   +41

    $1100 and you get a binned i5 and no SSD.

    Brilliant. And I bet people will be frothing over this.
  6. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,037

    Don't forget a $100 screen.
  7. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,319   +1,406

    The only redeeming quality about apple products, and I mean the only thing, is that they use IPS panels in all their products. Screen quality is one thing apple does right.
  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I am an Apple fan but I think this is absolutely pathetic. "Low-cost" my a**... Sell this for $799 and then you can say "low cost". Also, if I were Apple, I would have taken this time to make 7200RPM drives default rather than introducing an overpriced and under-specced machine.
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    Come on now, "Lower cost."
  10. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,037" IPS&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=100

    For those wondering it uses a mobile Core i5, the i5-4260U.

    I always wanted a desktop PC that can't easily be moved, requires mains power and has the performance of a low-end notebook. Ohh and I wanted to pay twice as much as a desktop PC that would offer twice as much performance.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2014
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  11. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 576   +185

    or twice as much as a laptop and similar sized monitor that performs that same.
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  12. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,319   +1,406

    all of those are true, aside from screen quality, which you didn't mention. Apple is hands down the biggest rip off in the tech world. I will, however, giver credit where credit is due. Apple has some of the best displays on the market. Overpriced? Absolutely. They do, however, put high quality displays in all of their devices.
  13. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,037

    I provided a link to dozens of 21.5" IPS panels that are very affordable and many are just as good as Apples.
  14. MeladT

    MeladT TS Rookie Posts: 22   +7

  15. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,336   +843

    Oh, It's not $1300 anymore, it's $1100 now, WOW, I must get one right now.
  16. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    All the graphic designer/photography/other arty types will run out to buy this in the misconception that "It's so much better than a PC". Once you launch 3DMax/Maya/Adobe CS/Photoshop/Lightroom the differences in OS aren't really a factor in my opinion. I'd rather have the best specifications and performance for the money than a shiny toy with a nice form factor.
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  17. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    5400 RPM HD... :D
  18. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,037

    Could not have said it better myself Arris. They are a joke really and its a shame so many buy into the marketing without really knowing that they are buying.

    I love the fact that if you want a 256GB SSD it costs an extra $250, the Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB costs less than $200 so what are they using? Even worse that's after you remove the 500GB hard drive, awesome deal :S
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  19. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I'm doing an online photography course and it's scary as soon as someone posts on the forums "What sort of computer should I get for editing photos?" the number of people that reply "Get a macbook, they are great!". If you ask them what is so great about them they probably would fail to come up with a good answer. Probably "It looks cool and is from Apple".

    I think where Apple gain most sales is from technophobes who just want something that works without any effort. If you think about "pre-built" systems for PCs many would consider Apple superior to PC builders (Dell, HP etc.), and in many ways rightly so.
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  20. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,037

    My wife is a graphic designer and the publishing company that she worked for previously swore that Mac’s were the only things that could be used for their work, after all they were creative types.

    Problem was they had a dozen employees all using Mac’s with some many years old (several in fact). They couldn’t afford to keep upgrading them because the models they used cost more than $3000 each, from memory they were more around the $4-5K mark.

    Anyway my wife refused to use them after a few years of suffering slow speeds compared to her high-end desktop PC at home. Finally her boss gave in and paid $1500 for a high-end Core i7 PC with a decent monitor. I am guessing for the money the boss was expecting a heap of junk. A few months after its arrival the entire magazine was getting compiled on the PC each month because it was well over 10x faster than their best Mac, which admittedly was a few years old.

    She stopped working there about 3 years ago but before she left they were already in the process of upgrading all the Mac’s to PC’s. It took 5 years to convince them and I never thought I would see the day.

    Addressing your system builder comment Arris I kinda agree... The only problem I see with Dell and HP systems is that they come loaded with way to much bloatware that slows them down and makes them a pain to use.
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  21. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Things are now changing. When professional users used Macs years ago they had software packages that cost even more than the computers themselves. This was probably a detrimental to the switch to PC as they'd have to buy completely new software suites so the cost comparison was the "cheaper PC + software" vs "Expensive Mac (+ maybe low software update cost)". With many software companies now switching to subscription models instead of one off license purchases switching might be a more common occurrence than in the past.

    Hopefully no more of those awful "I'm a PC/I'm a Mac" adverts though thanks!
  22. The problem with all these PC is they are WINDOWS AND WINDOWS STILL SUCKS
  23. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,037

    Nope, no it doesn't. You can get lessons on how to use it...
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,005   +2,532

    I see what you're trying to do here. Make the inverse square law attach to Apple price vs. performance.
    Arris likes this.

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