Apple go cheap with new iMac

19 June 2014

apple logo Since Apple gave the world a 'cheap' phone, they've convinced themselves that they can go 'cheap' across the board. Of course, Apple's version of cheap isn't the same as anyone else's.

They've added an iMac to their product line which will cost you £899 ($1,099), which is cheaper than the rest of their offerings, but not exactly something you could buy on a whim once the direct debits have come out of your account at the start of the month.

So what's under the hood?

Apple say that it'll have a 21.5-inch display with 1.4GHz dual-core Core i5, a 500GB hard drive, and Intel HD Graphics 5000 hardware. It'll have 802.11ac WiFi and Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports, but, with 8GB of RAM soldered hard to the motherboard, you won't be able to beef it up. There's pictures of that here.

This is something of a turnaround for Apple.

Once upon a time, Steve Jobs said that they wouldn't go cheap(er) because "we don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." Of course, this isn't a $500 computer, but apply some inflation and it's as good as.

Fancy one, or is it worth just saving up for a proper one?

TOPICS:   Technology   Gadgets

9 comments

  • jokester4
    ”we don’t know how to make a $500 computer that’s not a piece of junk.” No, but you clearly know how to make a $1099 computer that performs like a piece of junk in comparison to any similarly-priced models... I'm pretty sure you can get those specs on a £400-ish PC.
  • jokester5
    > I’m pretty sure you can get those specs on a £400-ish PC. So? What use is buying a PC if you want a Mac? A £400-ish PC would be worse build quality, nasty looking and worthless when you come to sell it (Macs retain their value much better than PCs), plus of course, you'd have to use Windows and pay through the nose for future major OS updates. Not to mention how much time (and maybe money) you'd spend re-installing the OS every time it gets slow, removing all the pre-installed crapware, maintaining malware protection and all the other nonsense that Windows users accept as 'normal' on a daily basis... I'm pretty sure you can get low-cost cars that get you from A to B at the legal speed limit, yet thousands of people still choose to buy BMWs, Mercedes and other more expensive brands. Cheapskates will never appreciate why many people choose to spend more on what they think is the same thing...
  • Swargon
    I Love biscuits
  • Life’s G.
    I agree with jokester5. I own an 8yr old Mac Mini which has performed faultlessly and is still quick and runs current-ish software. My wife runs a 2yr old (at best) netbook, which had the best and quickest specs at the time. It’s best to start it up and then go and make a drink while you’re waiting. And probably have a conversation with the next door neighbour as well. It’s slow, difficult to use, and constantly trying to update itself, which only make things worse. Complete Windoze crap ~ my hair grows faster. Apple all the way!
  • Big M.
    I have an old HP 6910p, bought second hand from a trade website for £75 running Linux Mint 14. No crapware, no maintaining malware, no re-installing the OS and no paying through the nose for updates. It boots quickly and never hangs or crashes and the install was seamless. The build quality is almost bullet-proof. Linux all the way!
  • Alexis
    My iMac died after only 18 months, but Apple replaced the motherboard for free. They mentioned the Sales if Goods Act before I did, so at least if it goes wrong they'll sort it. I dread to think what someone like Dell would've done
  • Coran
    Macs are just PCs in a shiney case, literally. You can get PC cases just as shiney and pretty. Check out Lian-li. Regarding the operating system, yes WIndows sucks, but at least you can play games. If you want something for work, Ubuntu all the way, which is also free. People can convince themselves they're paying for something better, but in reality they are paying so they don't have to know better.
  • No c.
    I prefer the new Anus laptops! http://www.thescambaiter.com/forum/index.php?/topic/17878-anus-laptops-the-martins-cole-saga-complete/
  • jokester4
    Why is it that Apple fans always spout nonsensical reasons for their preference without understanding anything about the technology??? "So? What use is buying a PC if you want a Mac?" - A Mac is a type of PC. "you’d have to use Windows and pay through the nose for future major OS updates" - I didn't realise upgrading to the latest OS was mandatory? "I’m pretty sure you can get low-cost cars that get you from A to B at the legal speed limit, yet thousands of people still choose to buy BMWs, Mercedes and other more expensive brands." - The BMW or Mercedes would more than likely offer much more functionality (although you are paying a lot for the name like with Apple products) "Cheapskates will never appreciate why many people choose to spend more on what they think is the same thing…" - Typical iDiot: "Other people *must* choose non-Apple products based on cost alone, not because there are other products that meet their needs just as well if not better and at a lower price point". Alexis is correct about Apple Support though - I have heard a lot of good things about this!

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