A surprisingly quiet release by Apple Inc.
Just recently, the super tech giant, Apple Inc. has quietly launched a new low-end version of the iMac. This keeps educational institutions to save over $200 from the regular model.
Apple Inc. seems to release the newer version to avoid all fanfare of its low-end iMac. The company clarified though that this new gadget is only for educational institutions. It costs at $1,099, saving up to $200 from the price of the regular version of iMac.
It is still not confirmed though when Apple has launched the new low-end iMac for educational institution consumers. However, according to MacRumors, the company seems to have released the product just recently. The new version has replaced the $999 iMac. This iMac for educational institutions was released last year.
This new product features a 21.5-inch screen. Its hardware has a 3.3 GHz Core i3 processor, 4GB or memory, and 500GB of storage. The user can do upgrades for $270 each — one is for custom configuration RAM and the other is storage upgrades.
This new iMac for educational instiutions can only be ordered and purchased directly by the institution itself on the Apple store. Furthermore, no students or teachers can buy this product for personal use.
Rumors came out last week that MacBook Pro users are expecting the Pro line to be stopped by Apple, an executive from Apple reported that new iMac and MacBook Pro is already in the works and might arrive next year, according to David Pogue of The New York Times on Monday.
In the WWDC or Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, the Cupertino, California-based company showed off a new line of MacBook computers. It includes the 15-inch Retina display for the MacBook Pro and updates to the MacBook Air. Apparently, upgrades for the iMacs is not available on the event.
“Many Apple observers also wonder if Apple thinks that desktop computers are dead, since not a word was said about the iMac and Mac Pro,” he wrote. “An executive did assure me, however, that new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013.”
Though Apple featured the updates on the MacBook Pro line, it was still in the old processor rather than the new Sandy Bridge from Intel that every Apple user was expecting. A developer commented on the show about the Pro line that Apple doesn’t care about the machine.
Smaller devices have been an increasing or might be the biggest part of Apple’s revenue, Apple fans are worried that the Mac desktops might eventually fall or even worse, stop the production of the machine. In 2010, Apple held an event that emphasized the focus on the Mac and the OS X, but in this years’ event, it was mainly for the MacBook line which is inspired by the iOS and iPad.