Those of our readers looking for a new iMac for education purposes will be glad to hear about an update to the 21.5-inch iMac, which receives a 500GB hard drive, 4GB of RAM, and a 3.3GHz dual-core Intel i3 processor for under $1,100 if you can prove it’s for education.
This is a notable upgrade if you consider that the previous Apple iMac for education featured just 2GB of RAM, an i3 CPU clocked at 3.1GHz and half the storage at 250GB. It is also worth noting that the new iMac includes Intel’s HD 4000 integrated graphics rather than the Radeon HD 6750M graphics from AMD.
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We have been using the 2012 redesigned iMac for a few months now and find everything faster, especially when multitasking and performing tasks that need more memory, although looking from the front of the new iMac you cannot see much difference. You only need to take a look from the side to see that the new iMac design is radically different, although we wonder if this really means much with a desktop that you look at from the front?
The new 21.5-inch iMac for education includes pretty much the same specs as the retail version, which includes Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt. The redesign drops FireWire and the optical drive in a move that some people find hard to accept at this time.
It will be interesting to see what some schools think about the lack of optical drive considering they use a lot of CD content, although it is fair to say that an external optical drive is available for purchase.
You can see the full specs and shipping times for the new 21.5-inch iMac on the Ecommerce section of Apple for education, although we can see that delivery times are a couple of days longer for education when compared to retail models.