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Apple drops budget-end iMac price down to $1,099

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Apple has announced new prices and internals for their iMac range, adding a new budget-end price starting at $1,099. This is the lowest price for an iMac we have seen and shows Apple is ready to bring iMacs more into the mainstream.

The all-in-one personal computer from Apple has always been a favorite for professionals and education and Apple has just made the budget-end, still capable of running powerful applications, $200 cheaper.

Internally, the 21.5-inch iMac will be running a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. Internal storage starts at 500GB and for graphics Apple has added Intel Integrated HD Graphics 5000.

The new $1,299 model is now the mid-range for Apple’s iMac, coming with an upgraded 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 1TB hard-drive. This is a nice upgrade for $200, but still for some budget-end users the $1,099 is more than capable.

The high-end 21.5-inch iMac will still be available for $1,499 and comes with a NVIDIA GeForce 750M GPU. This would be a good option for any professional that wants more graphical horsepower, especially useful for video editors.

Of course, to go even higher than that Apple offers a 27-inch iMac starting at $1,799. Apple’s store does allow users to pick and choose internal options to match what they need, meaning these standard specs aren’t set in stone.

The iMac update probably rules out any further updates to the iMac line in terms of design this year. This is a little disappointing, but the 2014 iMac design is the best for any professional who wants a clean desktop all-in-one.

We are expecting updates to the MacBook line later down the year, the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air should get some design changes, alongside performance enhancements to keep them up to date in 2014.

The Mac Mini is another questionable update this year, it hasn’t been talked about since 2012 for Apple and it could be time to upgrade the small personal computer.

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