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Apple set to launch new low-end 21.5" iMac with dual-core 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 CPU

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With Apple's online store down Wednesday morning, the company appears set to debut a new iMac desktop, with one last-minute leak revealing alleged specifications of a new low-end 21.5-inch model, sporting a slower and more affordable dual-core 1.4-gigahertz processor.




The alleged details come from a picture that appears to show the specifications printed on an iMac box intended for sale in France, revealed on Wednesday by Macplus. The details also show the same resolution 1,920-by-1,080-pixel LED display, 8 gigabytes of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 5,400rpm hard disk drive.

The technical readout also reveals that the new iMac will apparently feature a 1.4-gigahertz Intel Core i5 processor with 3 megabytes of L3 cache and integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000. Given the details on the new chip, it is likely the dual-core Intel Core i5-4260U, which launched in the second quarter of 2014 and offers Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 gigahertz.

In comparison, the company's previous low-end model boasted a much beefier 2.7-gigahertz Intel Core i5 with 4 megabytes of cache, featuring Turbo Boost up to 3.2 gigahertz.

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The alleged specifications suggest that the new model will simply feature a lower-end processor, allowing Apple to achieve a new, more affordable price point with its all-in-one desktop.

Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities first revealed earlier this year that Apple had a new low-end iMac in the works. He said that the new, cheaper iMac would allow Apple to better compete with desktops from companies like HP and Lenovo, which are seeing significant sales growth in emerging markets like China.

Availability of iMacs slipped in recent weeks, suggesting that an update was incoming. The company already refreshed its MacBook Air lineup in April with slightly faster processors and lower prices, making the new notebooks the most affordable of their kind in Apple's history.

French blog MacGeneration was the first to reveal that an iMac update would debut this week.
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Joining the race to the bottom? Why? How will Yosemite run on a half-speed processor?

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Joining the race to the bottom? Why? How will Yosemite run on a half-speed processor?
It'll run just fine, considering it has the same requirements as Mavericks that runs great on my 2008 Aluminium MacBook.
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Joining the race to the bottom? Why? How will Yosemite run on a half-speed processor?
Chances are they wouldn't release this if the answer was "slow as $#!t"
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Joining the race to the bottom? Why? How will Yosemite run on a half-speed processor?


It'll run fine.  It's fine on a Core 2 Duo, that's what I've seen it run on so far.  This isn't a high end graphics workhorse, it's a K-6 education and low spec business desktop.  The receptionist needs a Mac, but doesn't need anything beyond Pages, Safari, and the phone system control software.

 

Apple is hopefully realizing that market share DOES matter, and you don't walk away from a market.

 

Now if Apple does this right, it'll be $699, we haven't seen an iMac at that price in years, and it's about time it comes back.

 

Now, give me a new XServe, dammit.  I need new servers to go with those workstations.

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Wonder what the price reduction will be? And does this mean Apple is clearing the way for retina products this fall? Yosemite, like iOS 7, was really designed with retina in mind. Maybe this fall we'll get retina iMacs and Airs?
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Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities first revealed earlier this year that Apple had a new low-end iMac in the works.

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It'll run fine.  It's fine on a Core 2 Duo, that's what I've seen it run on so far.  This isn't a high end graphics workhorse, it's a K-6 education and low spec business desktop.  The receptionist needs a Mac, but doesn't need anything beyond Pages, Safari, and the phone system control software.

Apple is hopefully realizing that market share DOES matter, and you don't walk away from a market.

Now if Apple does this right, it'll be $699, we haven't seen an iMac at that price in years, and it's about time it comes back.

Now, give me a new XServe, dammit.  I need new servers to go with those workstations.
I can't get to Apple's store right now but the cheapest iMac on bestbuy.com is $1,100. I can't see Apple reducing the price by $400. Even the cheaper MacBook Airs were only reduced $100.
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Will it be able to run Adobe CS6 and FCPX?
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Joining the race to the bottom? Why? How will Yosemite run on a half-speed processor?

Why wouldn't it?

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Should run fine. If you could throw a solid state hard drive in it, would be nice and fast. The SSD in my opinion is the biggest single speed factor in todays computers.
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Store is back, new iMac is £900 UK or $1,100 US.
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I can't get to Apple's store right now but the cheapest iMac on bestbuy.com is $1,100. I can't see Apple reducing the price by $400. Even the cheaper MacBook Airs were only reduced $100.

 

Think $999, the magical “under $1000 price point.”

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New iMac starting at $1099. $100 cheaper than the price I saw at Best Buy.
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UK Store open - £899

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Will it be able to run Adobe CS6 and FCPX?

nobody knows because the requirements for those apps are TOP SECRET 1wink.gif

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Think $999, the magical “under $1000 price point.”
Actually it's $1099. I figured it would probably be $100 cheaper, just like they did with the Airs.
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Actually it's $1099. I figured it would probably be $100 cheaper, just like they did with the Airs.
Was the low end 1199? I thought msrp was $1,299? So it's $200 less expensive.

Would've loved $999- but then again, I'd love $99 1tongue.gif still saves me a couple hundred- and 3rd parties will have it close enough to $1k. Perfect for our office out in Hawaii that literally just checks mail and runs pages and FileMaker.

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With 8GB of memory Mavericks and Yosemite should run just fine. Maybe slow by the standards of us with faster machines, but to the thousands of secretaries, school children, and Windows XP switchers the new iMacs will be just fine. As for price? $999 is two hundred dollars less expensive than the current starting point and would fit right in with the baseline MacBook Air price drop from $999.
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From Apple Website

$1099

21.5-inch: 1.4GHz
Specifications
1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
8GB memory
500GB hard drive1
Intel HD Graphics 5000
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$1049 Educ. otherwise $1099.
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What about the high end model? A refresh with i7 4790 and GTX 880M on the 27 inch one will be a good thing!
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Take note that the New iMac at $1099 does NOT have upgradable memory!
(Select the item and you will find that there are no memory options, though there are drive options.)

21.5-inch: 1.4GHz
Specifications
1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
8GB memory
500GB hard drive1
Intel HD Graphics 5000
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Are some of you guys kidding?
Does it really need to be explained?

I see comments that imply they want a low end which can run the most cutting edge software.
Isn%u2019t that going 2 different directions simultaneously?

%u2022 Demand for desktops took a dive recently with tablets taking over.
%u2022 There is market share to be had in emerging markets with lower price points.
%u2022 There wasn%u2019t enough differentiation between the 21.5 & 27 inch iMacs, or a mediating model.

%u2022 The new machine isn%u2019t as cheap as it ought to be, but it undercuts sales of the higher end models if its too good a deal.

%u2022 As a company with investors, Apple is still trying to balance a good profit with product.

Sounds good, but what does it mean:
%u201CIf Apple does this right%u201D -- please explain what the profit model on a $699 iMac is.
You have to know what break-even on a machine is, to be able to assess what a viable price tag is!
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Take note that the New iMac at $1099 does NOT have upgradable memory!
That is a two edge sword. 8GB isn't that bad at all. However it does mean value will drop faster than on some other Macs.
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(Select the item and you will find that there are no memory options, though there are drive options.)

21.5-inch: 1.4GHz
Specifications
1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
8GB memory
500GB hard drive1
Intel HD Graphics 5000

All in all I'm not impressed. I hope they don't expect this to replace the Mini.
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New iMac starting at $1099. $100 cheaper than the price I saw at Best Buy.

 

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Take note that the New iMac at $1099 does NOT have upgradable memory!
(Select the item and you will find that there are no memory options, though there are drive options.)

21.5-inch: 1.4GHz
Specifications
1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
8GB memory
500GB hard drive1
Intel HD Graphics 5000

 

Also, the hard drive is 5400rpm apparently. Slower CPU, smaller AND slower HD. Only $100 less expensive?

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Also, the hard drive is 5400rpm apparently. Slower CPU, smaller AND slower HD. Only $100 less expensive?
Head scratcher, just like the 8GB 5C. Doesn't give me much confidence in seeing 32/64/128 as standard storage sizes in new iDevices. Only think Apple might do is add 128 to the iPhone line.
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Seems like some you may not realize the $1100 price tag is MSRP and more likely can be competitively priced at $999 by retailers etc during promotions. This is more likely their "promotions" oriented basement model than anything else.. Yes the old Apple was MSRP was the price, of late the new Apple has unlocked retailers to more agressively put Apple price wise (finally) in the game...
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Also, the hard drive is 5400rpm apparently. Slower CPU, smaller AND slower HD. Only $100 less expensive?
The current HDD is 5400 rpm on the quad core and it's $200 less. The other quad core is $1299 with a same speed HDD that is 1tb. This isn't a bad deal. Not the best option for everyone but that isn't the point of this machine.
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Will it be able to run Adobe CS6 and FCPX?

I am sure it will run CS6 because I use it on a 2008 MB. But if those were the apps you are planning to run on it you'd be well advice to up your hardware. For anything beyond basics I switch to a much higher specced new iMac. 

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Wonder what the price reduction will be? And does this mean Apple is clearing the way for retina products this fall? Yosemite, like iOS 7, was really designed with retina in mind. Maybe this fall we'll get retina iMacs and Airs?
This year, probably final push for retina, but as with the retina MacBook Pro had probably a $1500 bottom end IMac and $2000 27 inch. On the Mac book airs the same with $1500 12 inch model.
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Joining the race to the bottom? Why? How will Yosemite run on a half-speed processor?

About as well as it will run on a MacBook Air.

 

That's basically what the guts of this thing is. It's a dual-core i5, two threads per core.

 

Better performance would be obtained by upgrading to the 1TB fusion drive or the flash drive, but it's plenty fast enough for basic needs, including all the applications it ships with (iMovie, GarageBand, iWork applications, etc.).

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Now if Apple does this right, it'll be $699, we haven't seen an iMac at that price in years, and it's about time it comes back.

 

Well we know now that the price is $400 higher than you hoped. But when was an iMac ever $699?  I don't recall them ever being priced so low.

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In UK, they've also reduced the price of the high-end iMacs by £100 or £200.
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Originally Posted by TeaEarleGreyHot View Post

Well we know now that the price is $400 higher than you hoped. But when was an iMac ever $699?  I don't recall them ever being priced so low.

 

Never. The low-end iMac DV (in 2000) was $799. That’s as close as it has ever come.


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The low-end iMac DV (in 2000) was $799. That’s as close as it has ever come.

 

Wow, I still have my old Blueberry iMac DV in the back closet. I'm gonna have to open up the box and see if it still boots, or if the caps blow. If it's working, that will make its cost just over $57/year.  Though I bought it in 2002 on eBay, for $400, so its cost to me will have been around $34/year. Not too shabby.  Runs System 9 native, too....

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Originally Posted by TeaEarleGreyHot View Post

Wow, I still have my old Blueberry iMac DV in the back closet. I'm gonna have to open up the box and see if it still boots, or if the caps blow. If it's working, that will make its cost just over $57/year.  Though I bought it in 2002 on eBay, for $400, so its cost to me will have been around $34/year. Not too shabby.  Runs System 9 native, too....

 

Still have ours, still runs like a dream. Mac OS 9 until… oh, roughly… maybe Panther? Then we upgraded to Jaguar. :p

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