Apple has a new iMac model today, an entry-level machine that brings the price of entry to the all-in-one desktop to $1,099, or $200 less than was the case just yesterday. The new version has a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive and Intel HD Graphics 5000 on board.
Configuration options allow you to scale the drive up to either a 1TB HDD or Fusion drive, or put in 256GB of SSD flash storage, but that’s about it. For $200 more, you start off with a quad-core Intel processor, a 1TB drive and Intel Iris Pro graphics, plus the option to upgrade the RAM to 16GB in the custom configuration options.
The low-end iMac likely won’t set anyone’s world on fire in terms of performance, but it should be plenty beefy enough to handle the needs of average light computer users…
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