Apple Introduces The New $1,099 21.5-inch iMac For Education [Stealth Design]

Don’t worry regarding the price of iMac, now, a new low-end / cheaper dual-core version of Apple’s iMac launched for educational institutes as the stealth product update.

Apple has been known to propel into all manner of fanfare when introducing new products, and also known to release updates to its lineup without any murmur. It’s a later approach that has seen an upgrade to the iMac line of hardware, with a new model arriving for educational institutions being added. By launching a new low-cost version of its iMac that saves over $200 over the regular customer model. Great to hear!

About the price at a dollar shy of $1,100, the new model is purely based on the existing 21.5-inch model, but with less capable innards compared to its 200 dollar dearer big brother. The new model of the low-end 21.5-inch iMac to educational institutions that brings slightly downgraded specs and a $200 off the price of the entry level iMac available to consumers in the market currently.

Replacing the old $999 iMac for education option, the new $1099 21.5-inch iMac (ME699LL/A) offers 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000, and a 500GB hard drive. Compared to the 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive Apple includes in the regular model. Apple in the other hand replaced the 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, by including a 3.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 CPU in the machine. Storage is taken care of by a 500GB spindle hard disk.


The consumer focused iMacs come with double the memory and more beefy CPUs, which also costs more. The new, official level imac is aimed at budget conscious schools and higher education bodies that want to provide Macs to their students. Fact! that the machine replaces the $999 model that was introduced around 18 months ago.
Product Number : ME699LL/A

– 3.3GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i3
– 1920 x 1080 resolution
– 4GB (two 2GB) memory
– 500GB hard drive
– Intel HD Graphics 4000

Talking about the memory, the new education model offers most of the usual built-to-order options, including the ability to upgrade to a 1TB Fusion Drive and up to 16GB of RAM.

Currently, this new model is only available to purchase if you’re one of those bodies – students are unable to take advantage of the new low-cost point via the usual education focused Apple Store.


Honestly, no one knows when this new iMac was introduced, but the secret is broken as the stealth with which Apple brought it into its lineup, but we’re fairly certain it wasn’t that long ago. Obviously, Apple likes to keep its products cool and fresh, keeping its education customers up to speed at as low a price as possible. Finally, this new 21.5-inch model with cheaper, lower-end hardware fits the bill genuinely.

Note: If you stay in North America, Apple just recently dropped shipping times from 1-3 days down to “within 24 hours” for the new iMacs in online stores. However, the new imac for education is shipping in 5-7 days apparently. The iMac is currently hugely popular amongst all manner of customers, with its space saving design and considerable power making it perfect for business, schools and personal use alike. Like it?

(via MacRumors)